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Gopal opposes minimum wage deal

By Nikita Biryukov, January 17 2019 4:05 pm

State Sen. Vin Gopal will oppose the $15 an hour minimum wage deal announced by top Democrats in Trenton Thursday over fears of its impact on small businesses in the state.

“The deal announced today by the Democratic Party leadership is a disastrous deal that will issue a devastating blow to our small business community and inevitably result in the closure of countless mom and pop shops,” Gopal said. “These are not large corporations that can absorb the blow. Forcing small business owners to drastically raise their minimum wage over this short period will result in layoffs and closures, which will ultimately hurt our local economy and will only empower bigger corporations.”

Under the deal, the state’s base minimum wage would climb to $15 an hour by 2024. Small businesses would reach that figure by 2026.

“We cannot jeopardize our small business community with a frivolous minimum wage policy. The majority of the mom and pop businesses, already facing very high rents here in Monmouth County, will, without question, suffer as a direct result of this deal,” Gopal said. “The plan also offers no concrete economic study to determine the impact on a regular basis.”

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  1. Thank you, State Senator Gopal. You are maybe one of the few Democrats who is intelligent and thoughtful that understands and cares how this terrible legislation will truly hurt the small business community. I thought your compromise bill that you introduced last month was so much better and more reasonable than what the left-wing ideologue leaders in Trenton came up with. Raise it to $12 and study the results in the small business community (how much job loss, cut hours, business closings, raised prices, etc). Unfortunately, your bill won’t get neither a hearing nor a vote. At least, you cared and understand both sides of the issue (as a small business owner, yourself) and for that you can be admired and praised because most of your fellow Democrats do not.

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