Legislation introduced by State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) today would exempt local government employees from New Jersey’s new $15-per-hour minimum wage.
“The new minimum wage law is forcing local leaders to make impossible choices,” Corrado said. “Many of our towns currently provide extremely affordable community services, such as daycare, summer camp, and recreational classes for seniors. The unintended consequence of this law is that many of these programs will disappear, unless we take action to keep local government programs accessible.”
Corrado wants to restore the exemption for county, municipal and school district employees, whose salaries would be tied only to the federal minimum wage of $7.25-per-hour.
“Given our two-percent cap, there is only so much wiggle room in local budgets, so raising taxes to cover higher wages isn’t really an option,” Corrado added. “If we want to continue to keep families and seniors in our communities, we should do everything we can to preserve these programs now.”
The New Jersey League of Municipalities, Association of Counties, and School Boards Association all issued statements in support of Corrado’s proposal.