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In the News: Kean Offers Democrats Compromise on Modest Minimum Wage Increase for Middle-Class Tax Cuts

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NJTV reported yesterday on an offer made by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders to address New Jersey’s crisis of affordability in a bipartisan way:

“We have no intention of being the party of ‘no,’” said Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Senate minority leader.

Instead, Kean proposed bipartisan compromise. If Democrats reduce the income tax for the middle class — say for families earning less than $110,000 and individuals earning $50,000 to $70,000 — Republicans would support a moderate raise in New Jersey’s minimum wage to a “fair” level. That includes carve-outs.

“I think there are seasonal differences, there are age differences, there are training differences when people look to see whatever the extent of the minimum wage issue is, it should certainly be less than $15, because that would drive many businesses and employees out of work,” said Kean.

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