Letter: Why minimum wage hike is a bad idea

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To me, the most important thing on the Nov. 5 ballot is Public Question No. 2.

It would amend the New Jersey Constitution to not only raise the state minimum wage to $8.25 per hour this year, but raise it automatically next year and every year – even when business is bad.

Most voters think this is a good idea because most voters don’t run a business.

They don’t know what employers pay on top of wages for their share of mandated social security, Medicare, paid family leave, disability, workers comp, paid holidays, etc.

Or that very few people – kids in summer or weekend jobs or others without skills or experience, etc. are paid only minimum wage. Almost all businesses pay more to keep good employees. There is usually some attendance or other problem when someone is still making only minimum wage after 12 weeks on almost any job.

Before you vote on Public Question No. 2, think what you would do if your store or restaurant had to pay a bigger minimum wage – even when business is bad?

Would you raise prices and risk losing more customers? Would you lay off employees or cut back hours by sweeping floors less often or letting customers wait a little longer? Would you stop training young people for their first job and only hire experienced, older employees? Would you avoid the law and hire family members or illegals under the table? Would you give up and close down and move to a low-tax state where you could live on your savings and Social Security and leave only big government, big corporations, and big unions running everything in New Jersey.

Seth Grossman

Somers Point


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