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Category: Minimum Wage

Christie to Chamber: “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie staring at town hallGov. Chris Christie was in one of his blunt moods at Tuesday’s U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., Save Jerseyans, letting the audience gathered to hear his keynote address know, in no uncertain terms, that he’s “tired” of minimum wage proponents behaving as if raising it is an elixir for America’s economic ills.

“Is that what parents aspire to for our children?” Christie, according to The Hill, told a large H Street crowd. “They aspire to a greater, growing America, where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much great success than they have, and that’s not about a higher minimum wage.”


AFP-NJ Combats Minimum Logic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AFP-NJ supporters rallied outside of Trenton AFL-CIO headquarters on a beautiful spring Saturday, Save Jerseyans, and their message was simple:

New Jersey’s minimum wage hike is holding everyone back. Big Labor’s membership included.

Combating minimum logic isn’t easy but we give them mega kudos for trying! God knows it’s a fight we’ve been waging right here at Save Jersey. Click below to watch a recap:

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Eliminating the Minimum Wage

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

money - liberty coinThe minimum wage was a big issue when I ran for office in 2005, Save Jerseyans, long before last fall’s travesty became law. I suggested at an editorial review board that the minimum wage be eliminated. My opponent wanted to create a livable wage of $17.

Why stop there . . . make it $50? In the final analysis you are still going to have a minimum wage, it will never go away. It only stands to reason that when costs rise to compensate, there is always going to be a lower wage level.


Instead of Raising the Minimum Wage, Raise People Out of the Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases will hurt the poor.  The better solution is to create a superior climate for businesses, strengthen the dollar, and emphasize a career-oriented approach to education.    

By Jordan Rickards The Save Jersey Blog

Cross Posted from

handsNew Jersey’s lowest paid employees received the fruits of a false victory this past Wednesday, as the state raised its minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour in accordance with a public ballot question that was overwhelmingly approved this past November.  Additionally, the law requires annual increases tied to inflation, so even if the business climate continues to worsen, and profits continue to fall, the cost of labor will continue to rise.

There was never any doubt that the law would pass, and would do so overwhelmingly.  After all, we are a nation of hypocrites.  Very few of us are willing to pay more for a good or service if it will mean the employees of that business will get paid more.  As a general rule, consumers buy the best product for the best price, and more often than not the company with the best price has the lowest expenses.  So when we participate in the market we tell companies to keep expenses low in order to keep prices low, but when we vote we tell politicians to raise them, because, after all, this seems to us to be compassionate, and, in any event, it is paid for by somebody else, so nobody stops to consider the consequences.


The Real Hunger Games

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

HungerLet’s hope 2014 turns out better for the U.S.A. than 2013; an estimated 14.5 million American households had difficulty providing enough food for their families over the last year, Save Jerseyans.

In seven million of those homes, at least one member of the family had to skip meals or eat less because of a stretched budget. These numbers are more or less unchanged since 2008!

In the richest country on earth, 50 million of us, one in six Americans . . . goes hungry. More than a third of them are children.

The media has, for the most part, ignored the fact that national poverty rates have been rising under the Obama Administration over the last four years at least.


A Minimum Wage for Minimum Achievement

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneyI am sick and tired of hearing the whiners complain, Save Jerseyans, particularly about how Wal-Mart, McDonalds and the like don’t pay enough.

That is precisely why we supposedly have a free market; if you don’t like the job you are in at the moment, you are “free” to get an education and leave for a better position.

McDonald’s wasn’t meant to be a career choice or your dream job, nor was it designed to pay a livable wage.

It is an entry level job, a job that teaches an unskilled person people skills, the ability to learn how to count, make change, and what it means to be on time for your shift . . . responsibility.


How High Will NJ Minimum Wage Go?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneyThe only honest answer is “who knows,” Save Jerseyans, after our fellow voters adopted an insane ballot measure to constitutionally tether New Jersey’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on November 5th.

Nine other U.S. states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington — have done the same thing.

Consider the example of Arizona; that state’s voters approved a similar initiative to our own in 2006 by which the minimum wage rose to $6.75 per hour beginning in 2007.


New Jersey Governor Loses On Minimum Wage

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog

VOTERS DECIDE: Joella Bedrosian stands in a booth as she votes while the family dog, Allie, waits Tuesday in Mendham Township, N.J. Voters OK’d a minimum wage hike.

VOTERS DECIDE: Joella Bedrosian stands in a booth as she votes while the family dog, Allie, waits Tuesday in Mendham Township, N.J. Voters OK’d a minimum wage hike.

This is the one political contest Chris Christie lost in Tuesday’s election. By a 61-39 percent spread, New Jersey voters passed a constitutional amendment[1] that will raise the minimum wage for workers by a dollar an hour – from $7.25 to $8.25.[2]

“That is a stupid way to do it,” Christie told reporters during a public appearance last year. “That is not what the constitution is there for.”

Voters disagreed.  While they re-elected Christie by a large margin – 60-38 percent – the electorate turned the tables on the ballot question.


The Warren Wage Won’t Fly

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

As if you needed another reason to vote against Question #2 on your November 5th ballot, Save Jerseyans, here’s a March 2013 clip which’ll scare the hell out of you.

Take it away, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

I want some of what she’s having, folks. It must be nice to go through life unrestrained by reality! Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to live in the real job market quite unlike the former ivory tower occupant from the Bay State.

What’s even more unfortunate for New Jersey is that we’re about to adopt a constitutional amendment that could’ve been lifted right out of Elizabeth Warren’s twisted dreamworld…


“Vote No On Question 2″

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Vote No on Question #2I opened my mailbox on Saturday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, and I found the nifty little mailer to your right (and at the bottom) among the bills and supermarket circulars.

It’s produced by “The Coalition to Preserve Jobs and Our Constitution,” a group of Garden State business owners dedicated to defeating a proposed constitutional amendment on New Jersey’s fall ballot which would hike our state’s minimum wage and, most troubling of all, constitutionally-mandating that all future increases be tied to the consumer price index.

Vote NO, folks. Visit our extensive Minimum Wage Archives for all of the facts, figures, analysis and examples you’ll need to convince your friends that Ballot Question #2 is a dangerous and costly mistake for New Jersey that will destroy jobs.

The Coalition has reportedly already spent in excess of $500,000 to defeat Ballot Question #2. Thank God for it! Even many Trenton Democrats know that this initiative is a bad move for our economy; they’re hoping it drives turnout to save Democrat incumbents from the Christie wave. Don’t let them get away with it.

Click here to visit the Coalition’s website.

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NJ Flunks Biz Climate Index

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

business tax climate index mapIn its annual analysis of U.S. states’ business climates released on Wednesday, the D.C.-based Tax Foundation ranked each state utilizing an index that takes account of factors contributing to the cost of doing business.

New Jersey’s new rank?

49 out of 50 (or 57, if you’re using Barack Obama mathematics).

There’s an undeniable pattern on the map to your right, Save Jerseyans. “The states in the bottom 10 suffer from the same afflictions: complex, non-neutral taxes with comparatively high rates,” concluded the Tax Foundation’s analysts…


How Will Min Wage Hike Hurt You?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneySenate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 (SCR No. 1) is on the ballot this November 5th, Save Jerseyans, and its passage would hold dire consequences for each and every Garden State resident.

For months, we’ve discussed the ins and outs of a minimum wage hike right here at Save Jersey. If passed, this amendment is bound to send more businesses out-of-state and full-time workers to part-time work. Some things in our world are subjective. Mathematics isn’t up for debate.

Do you still need a visual? No problem: the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has launched an online calculator to aid New Jersey’s business community as they prepare for what’s coming at them if November’s ballot goes as expected.

It’s not pretty.

Click here to try the calculator for yourself; then share it with a business owner (or their employees) in your own life. We’ve got one month to spread the word…

Combating Minimum Logic

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

BurgerWe’ve done our best to explain why a constitutionally-enshrined minimum wage hike would prove disastrous for New Jersey’s fragile economy, Save Jerseyans, despite the fact that the ballot initiative appears destined to pass in November; the latest poll out today shows it garnering 65% support.

I’m not giving up yet. The stakes are too high.

Let’s not mince words: the problem underlying this debate is one which is endemic throughout our politics – emotion overwhelms logic.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it well after November 5th… the minimum wage is NOT a family wage. Never has been and it never will be. Anyone who says it is a family wage is either (1) unnervingly ignorant themselves or (2) consciously trying to manipulate you. Either way, prove yourself to be a member of the smart caucus and disregard the lie. Then go a step further and help us clear the air in the minds of your fellow voters.

Here are a few more surprising facts worth noting directly from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics:


The Last Week in August: Minimum Sanchez

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Welcome to the last week of August.

Governor Chris Christie decided to campaign on this beautiful Monday morning through the one medium that anyone is paying attention to right now: sports talk radio. The NFL season has arrived, Save Jerseyans, and the Big Guy (who’s NFC team is the Jets) opined on the Mark Sanchez QB controversy:

Meanwhile, Babs Buono and her pet Milly will be campaigning in Cherry Hill (Camden County) on Monday in support of a statewide minimum wage increase.

If that little scheduling contrast doesn’t help explain the polling gap in this race, folks, then I’m not sure what could…