DiMaso: Minimum wage increase jeopardizes health care services

DiMaso: Minimum wage increase jeopardizes health care services

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso issued the following statement after Gov. Phil Murphy today signed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour:

Serena DiMaso

“The minimum wage bill signed today is unaffordable for the health-care providers who support our state’s most vulnerable residents. If the providers are not being given the help they need, then neither will the people who rely on them.  I volunteer for many of these agencies and in speaking to their executive directors this increase will directly impact their bottom line. With volunteerism at an all-time low there are not enough resources to offset this blow. Their needs must not be forgotten or ignored, but unfortunately this bill has left their needs, and the needs of dozens of other communities, unaddressed. I’m incredibly concerned that we truly have not considered all of the consequences of this legislation. The majority is forging ahead blindly and nothing good can come from that.”