Date: December 17, 2015


TRENTON (December 17, 2015): The National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB) is pushing back on today’s paid sick leave expansion that is up
in the Senate and imploring lawmakers to stay out of the day to day operations
of small businesses, many of whom already offer their employees paid leave, across
the state.

“We have struggled to stay in business for the past 7 years
and legislation such as expanding paid sick leave only makes it more difficult
to remain in operation.  New Jersey is a
tough enough business environment as it is but this legislation will place
unnecessary hardships on small businesses and make many small businesses, just
like mine, want to leave this state,” according to Lynn Guthrie, President of
Guthrie Glass & Mirror, Inc. in Egg Harbor Township as well as a member of

“Paid sick leave expansion in the state of New Jersey would unequivocally
discourage employers like Lynn from hiring additional people and create a
tremendous financial burden for the very backbone of our economy, the small
business sector,” according to Laurie Ehlbeck, NFIB New Jersey state director. “After
this year’s Tax Foundation rankings you would think that lawmakers would be
focusing on policies pertaining to job creation and business retention but
instead they are hyper focused on over regulating entrepreneurs and making it
virtually impossible to continue to operate a business in this state.”

Ehlbeck is referring to a recent study by the Tax Foundation
that ranked New Jersey dead last in terms of business tax climate. Over
taxation and burdensome regulations are key factors when businesses consider
what state to choose to operate. As New Jersey continues to see mass migration
out of the state, few lawmakers seem to understand their role in compounding
the problem. Governor Christie has been one of those exceptions and consistently
vetoed measures that would have been damaging to the small business sector. In
the event that the bill does get through both houses in the New Jersey
legislature, NFIB anticipates that once again Christie will veto the bill.

“Governor Christie has advocated for our small business
community tirelessly by vetoing previous legislation that would have further
decimated small employers in our state. Its unfortunate that he has to be the
stopgap between reckless legislators and good business practices but we are
grateful that he has been able to serve that role in the past and certainly
anticipate that he will continue his pattern of advocacy if it comes to that,” continued
Ehlbeck. “We have heard overwhelmingly from members that legislation like paid
sick leave makes them consider leaving the state they have always called home.”



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