Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana today argued why a minimum wage hike would hurt the middle class during the legislative debate on A-15.
“This bill kills the middle class,” said Rumana (R-Passaic). “A 70 percent rise in labor costs is going to do only one thing – force every small business to raise prices on those who buy their goods and services. It impacts the middle class because the middle class aren’t going to get a raise with this. They are going to be at the same salary but paying more.”
The Office of Legislative Services estimated that raising the minimum wage to $15 will cost New Jersey school districts $170 million.
“It’s going to hit property taxes across the board, again the middle class are going to get walloped with that,” concluded Rumana.
Watch Rumana’s floor speech here: https://youtu.be/D1EtKtLDExs