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Trenton (October 31, 2013) — The National Federation of Independent Business, which is part of a coalition of groups opposed to the upcoming ballot question to raise the minimum wage, today asked the labor group backing the proposal to explain the whopping difference between official figures and its campaign claim.
“The union campaign is claiming that there 429,000 minimum wage workers in New Jersey. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the real number is almost 10 times smaller,” said NFIB New Jersey State Director Laurie Ehlbeck. “Voters deserve a straight answer.”
The Washington Free Beacon, which reported the story this morning, tried to contact the Raise the Wage campaign for clarification. The campaign did not respond. With only a few days remaining before the election it’s important for voters to have accurate information about a very important issue.
“Our economists estimate that this measure will destroy tens of thousands of jobs. Most of the job losses will come from the small businesses that form the backbone of our economy,” said Ehlbeck. “If the unions are inflating the figure to boost public support, then we need to know that before Election Day.”
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