NFIB/NJ Member Joe Olivo Appears on MSNBC to Debate Minimum Wage

New Jersey printer Joe Olivo, a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), appeared Sunday on national television opposite Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Il), to debate legislation that would raise the national minimum wage nearly 40 percent.

“My worst fear is that another expensive mandate from government is going to cause small businesses to find ways around hiring or keeping workers,” said Olivo, who runs Perfect Printing of Moorestown, NJ.

Jackson is the sponsor of legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.  That would be a big increase in a good economy, said Olivo.  In a sluggish economy with stiff competion and waning consumer demand, higher mandatory wages will hit small businesses hardest.

“They just don’t understand how the economy works,” said Olivo.  “If you mandate higher wages without an increase in consumer demand, then employers have very few options except to reduce payroll.  That isn’t what we need right now.”

Olivo was a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC yesterday at 11 am.

“Small businesses like mine need a voice in the national debate, and I’m glad to have been able to make our case on a national platform,” said Olivo.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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