TRENTON – Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-12) of Plumstead explained his abstention from voting on the minimum wage hike bill at the Assembly Labor Committee hearing Thursday as a way of “keeping an open mind.”
The committee released the bill by a 6-2 vote, along party lines.
Assemblymen John DiMaio and Jay Webber voted no.
Dancer asked during the testimony if the wage hike would be easier to take if it was phased in, instead of the $1.25 hike being imposed in one full swoop.
After the hearing, Dancer said the party doesn’t have a firm position on the bill.
Business groups such as the N.J. Business and Industry Association and Chamber of Commerce have opposed the bill, saying it would raise costs for employers and stifle future hiring of workers.