Back in January we asked the question “Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore?” On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new law went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals. After languishing on his desk Murphy finally signed a bill on Friday repealing the short-term rental tax telling News 12 New Jersey “The mom and pop who wants to rent out their place we’ve concluded they shouldn’t be burdened by this,” The bill has been waiting for Murphy’s signature since June 27th. If you follow the governor on social media he appears to be looking for a pat on the back for repealing legislation he signed into law and waiting 43-days after it landed on his desk
On Episode 2 of the Informed Conservative Podcast we talked about the NJGOP Statewide Leadership Summit in Atlantic City on March 1st and 2nd, The March on Trenton on March 26th, we asked why New Jersey Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore, will the new $15 minimum wage cause businesses to close and jobs and business to leave New Jersey, we talked about New York’s current budget deficit being a glimpse into the future of New Jersey, Democrats in New Jersey trying to give Cory “Spartacus” Booker an unobstructed path to the White House, we asked why conservatives in New Jersey are not angry and speaking out, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s belief that it’s better to be morally correct than factually correct, a college newspaper story entitled “White boys should not be allowed to talk” we wished our best to Jersey guy Artie Lange as he fights his drug addiction and more.
We’ve talked several times about the potential negative impact of a $15 minimum wage in New Jersey. Ignoring all of the research on the negative economic effects in the states that have dramatically increased the minimum wage Murphy signed the $15 minimum wage bill today proclaiming “It is a great day to make some history for New Jersey’s working families. And that’s just what we’re going to do. We’ve talked long enough about putting New Jersey on a responsible path to $15 an hour minimum wage. Today we start our way on this path”. Murphy signed the bill at the Elizabeth headquarters of immigrant advocacy group Make The Road New Jersey. Murphy has made it clear that he is more interested in gaining votes for Democrats than he is New Jersey’s economy, jobs or the law abiding hard working residents of the state. Additionally Murphy seems to be doing everything he can to kill tourism at the Jersey shore.
This week the Informed Conservative discussed employment numbers in the U.S. remaining strong despite the government shutdown, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf pushing a $15 minimum wage in his state, we launched our first podcast and discussed Democrats in New Jersey giving Cory “Spartacus” Booker’s Presidential campaign an advantage.
Does anyone know the Vegas odds on which Democratic Governor will bankrupt the most businesses in their state? New Jersey Governor Murphy, New York Governor Cuomo and Pennsylvania Governor Wolf seem to be competing to see how many jobs they can chase from their state. Continue reading “Not to be outdone by Murphy Pennsylvania Governor Wolf wants to ruin businesses in his state.”
A couple of weeks ago a study showed that New Jersey is the #1 state in the country that people leave. New Jersey just came in first again and again in a category that is not good for New Jerseyans. Yesterday NJ 101.5 radio reported on an ATTOM Data Solutions study showing New Jersey’s rate of foreclosure was the highest among all 50 states and D.C. in 2018.
Today Governor Murphy highlighted his accomplishments from his first year in office live on YouTube from the St. James A.M.E Church in Newark. What Murphy considers “accomplishments” most New Jerseyans I talk to consider further degradation of our state. Our Governor appears to take every opportunity he can to get his face on video. I often wonder if he wants to be Governor or a social media celebrity. I found it telling that no members of the legislature joined Murphy for his self promoting year in review speech. Murphy did a good job playing to his Newark audience. I lost count how many times he said “people of color”.
New Jersey Governor Murphy just doesn’t get it. Perhaps his 23-year career at Goldman Sachs didn’t prepare him for the struggles of small businesses and working class New Jerseyans. In response to 1,311 layoffs expected in the next 2-months with 826 expected before January 1st Murphy responded that we must “recommit to taking immediate action to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and put it on a path to $15 an hour”.
It was an interesting week in New Jersey from the $15 minimum wage moving forward to the state’s failed response to a relatively small snow event.
According to a story on NJ.com New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin says he expects a vote on a $15 minimum wage in December or January. New Jersey’s minimum wage is $8.60 an hour. It will rise 25 cents an hour to $8.85 in January due to past legislation tying annual increases to changes in the consumer price index. I’ll never understand why Democrats want to put the burden of a higher minimum wage on New Jersey employers (and ultimately consumers) rather than the state encourage and assist New Jersey residents in getting the education and skills needed to make them more valuable in the job market.