How a $15 minimum wage may affect some shore businesses

Published Monday, December 3, 2018
by Avalon Zoppo

A bill in the works to boost the minimum wage to $15 per hour has some seasonal shore businesses worried.

“It’s definitely going to negatively impact us,” said Chris Connelly, manager of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. “We would have to raise the price of a ticket.”

Proponents of increasing the minimum wage contend it would boost spending in local economies and take pressure off state and federal assistance programs. Opponents say it would increase service costs for seasonal Jersey Shore businesses that rely heavily on three months of summer tourism.

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