The 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.
New 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.
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 that will raise the minimum wage for workers by a dollar an hour – from $7.25 to $8.25.
“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.
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.
I 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.
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.
In 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…
Senate 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…
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.
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:
What we haven’t discussed at-length is one of the terrible ironies of Big Government’s central planning in New Jersey: many welfare beneficiaries are already receiving significantly more money than they would working for the minimum wage after this proposed increase!
The libertarian CATO Institute released the results of an eye-opening new study this week that found welfare benefits in 35 U.S. states are actually worth more than a minimum wage job. You can click here to read the full report.
Specifically, in our own state of New Jersey, the full government welfare package (TANF, SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, etc) is worth $38,782 annually. That works out to roughly $18.62 per hour.
The conservative blogosphere is abuzz this week with a story out of Washington, D.C., where local politicos and activists are attempting to drive out Walmart by inflating the minimum wage. There’s nothing harder to watch than a gaggle of self-righteous morons who are convinced they’re being clever but, in the process, are actually injuring themselves and everyone who relies upon them.