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Government Wage Mandates Are Bad for New Jersey’s Economy


By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

Ridgewood NJ, There has been a lot of discussion recently on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Governor Murphy would like to see $15 an hour this year but the Legislature introduced a bill which would phase in the increase over several years.  The reason given for increasing the minimum wage is the high cost of living in New Jersey.

What is missing from the current discussion are the reasons why New Jersey has such a high cost of living. The major reasons for such a high cost of living are the taxes and fees paid by New Jersey’s residents and businesses.  Property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, income taxes, the corporate business tax — New Jersey is a heavily taxed state.   Also absent from the discussion is why $15 an hour would somehow make New Jersey affordable.

Government needs to appreciate that most private sector jobs in New Jersey are with small businesses.  These business owners take on risks daily as competition is fierce. Most work hard to make ends meet but unfortunately some do not survive.

Employees are a business’ number one resource and keeping good talent is a top priority.  An hourly wage is just one part of how a business compensates employees.  Many offer fringe benefits including paid time off, healthcare insurance, 401(k) contributions, short- and long-term disability, bonuses and life insurance.  When the Legislature focuses on only the hourly rate and not the total compensation paid, it is not reflective of the total amount spent by employers.

More importantly, Trenton lawmakers should not look toward the private sector to make New Jersey affordable but rather look inward to reduce the size of government and make New Jersey a business-friendly State.  New investment will create new jobs, more competition and innovation which in turn will improve the quality of life of residents as well as increasing the coffers of the state government. This would reduce the current pressure on New Jersey’s existing businesses.

A government wage mandate on the private sector is the wrong approach and will only lead to higher prices and job losses, ultimately hurting the very people they are trying to help.  Finally, New Jersey voters already weighed in on this matter in 2013 when they approved an amendment to the state constitution tying any increases to the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index or CPI.By Tony Russo, CIANJ President

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Reader says No Security on Ridgewood Avenue at 7am

file photo by Boyd Loving

“I have mailed checks for years from inside the post office
first class mail slot with no issues.

there is no security in there from 730am thru 10 am opening of clerks gates .Homeless are in there sleeping and warming up early mornings …they are lost souls but really town and federal government .l am on Ridgewood avenue each morning from645 7’s a GHOST TOWN
ZERO POLICE OR anyone but commuters waiting for a bus
walking up to make a train .

it’s dark in the early morning …easy pickins..”

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog 

Ridgewood NJ, There are a number of upcoming events in the Village, to welcome in the holiday season.

Santa will be in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square on December 15th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and on December 22nd from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

The celebration of Hanukkah continues through December 9th at the Menorah, located on the corner of Memorial Park at Van Neste Square and East Ridgewood Avenue 

The Ridgewood Blog  Festivus December 23rd . Stay tuned to the Ridgewood blog for all the great Festivus traditions including
“Airing of Grievances” . The Ridgewood blog will publish “Grievances ” for the entire day of December 23rd.

December 24 and 25, 2018 – All Village offices are closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.  The Police Department on the second floor of Village Hall, will be open on this holiday.

December 31, 2018 – All Village offices will be open regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 1, 2019 – All Village offices will be closed in observance of the New Year’s holiday.  There will be nosanitation or recycling pick up and the Recycling Center will also be closed on this day.  The Police Department, on the second floor of VillageHall, will be open on this holiday. 

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False Alarm Set off by Contractors summons Ridgewood Police

Ridgewood  Police
photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook
False Alarm Set off by Contractors summons Ridgewood  Police
September 17,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The owner of a store front business establishment on East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood inadvertently tripped his hold-up/panic alarm, and then failed to provide the correct “all clear” password to his central station alarm provider early Thursday afternoon, 09/17.

The first uniformed Ridgewood PD officer dispatched to the incident encountered a locked front door and observed the owner inside with two (2) adult males. Based on the circumstances at hand, numerous backup units were summoned to the scene. As the unknown males exited the premises, they were surrounded and detained until it was determined that they were contractors working for the owner, who had erroneously provided an incorrect “all clear” password to his central station alarm provider. No shots fired, no body slams by RPD – true professionals.