By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Despite overwhelming evidence that New Jersey’s recent minimum wage hike – pegging it to the cost of living index – was a terrible idea, Save Jerseyans, two leading legislative Democrats want to go further.
A lot further.
On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski announced their plans to introduce a $15 per hour minimum wage bill. New Jersey’s current minimum wage is $8.38.
I’d hope almost everyone, including many Democrats, would find the Wiz’s logic insulting.
“When businesses fail to pay a living wage, government is forced to fill the gap,” explained Wisniewski. “Essentially, taxpayers are subsidizing these low-paying jobs and, in the process, suppressing wages for everyone else in the workforce. It’s not fair for workers or for the taxpayers who end up paying the bill. The American economy works best with a healthy middle class that has money in their pocket to spend.”
So it’s your fault New Jersey’s economy sucks, small business owners! Not the pro-$15 per hour Dems who’ve taxes us to death (and failed to explain how they’re going to force businesses to stay here and pay it, or not lay off workers or cut hours to afford the proposed hike).
The release also crows about how “90 percent of beneficiaries of an increase in the minimum wage are over twenty years old,” failing to disclose that the vast majority of these workers are in entry level positions, keeping the positions for short periods of time before moving up OR using the position as a secondary household income.