How to Price New Jersey Teens Out of Jobs

Common sense tells us that some seemingly good ideas can actually have dire consequences.

For New Jersey, the “good idea” that isn’t comes in the form of a proposal to amend the state constitution to raise the minimum wage — and then put further annual raises on autopilot.

Today, the Employment Policies Institute released a second radio commercial as part of a campaign to educate New Jerseyans about the unintended consequences of minimum wage hikes. This radio spot follows an earlier radio commercial, a television commercial, and a policy brief, all of which focus on how mandated wage hikes mean fewer job opportunities for less-experienced employees.

In a state with a 27 percent teen unemployment rate, making these negative consequences a permanent part of the state constitution is a recipe for disaster.