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Speaker Coughlin and Ocean Bay Diner Owner Statements on Minimum Wage Increase Event

Assembly Speaker Crag Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and Ocean Bay Diner owner, Teddy Lutas issued the following statements today after meeting with Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney to discuss legislation (A-15) to gradually increase the minimum wage:

Speaker Craig Coughlin:
“Ocean Bay Diner was chosen because we wanted to ensure that small business owners fully understand every facet of the minimum wage bill including the phase-in provision. We have worked painstakingly to craft the fairest and most responsible bill possible. That’s why it’s so important to educate business owners about the details. After discussing the provisions of the legislation with Teddy Lutas, the owner, he now reiterates his support of our efforts.”

Teddy Lutas:
“I was not fully aware that the minimum wage increase will be phased in over five years. That’s why I’m so happy that Speaker Coughlin took the time to talk me through the plan. I do support paying my hard-working employees a wage that helps them make ends meet and makes the state more affordable for them. We have a very loyal customer base and I know they’ll continue to frequent my diner. I am not concerned about having to close.”