Minimum wage rises to $12 in NJ, posing new hurdle for some businesses

Some business owners are frustrated as they say the state’s minimum wage increase has thrown them another loophole.
New Jersey’s minimum rage is now at $12 an hour, but that isn’t sitting well with everyone.
“It gets difficult to throw a further fiscal responsibility on us,” says Hailey’s Harp and Pub owner Mo Atzbi. “As business owners, it’s tough.”
Others like former assemblyman John Wisniewski say that the increased revenue will give people more money to spend and help the economy.
The law was passed before the pandemic, and was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2019.
The legislation will increase the minimum wage by a dollar every year until the state reaches $15 an hour in 2024.