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Assembly committee to consider N.J. minimum wage hike Thursday

njstatehouse102710_optProposal would raise hourly pay $1.25 to $8.50 on July 1

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Assembly Labor Committee Thursday will consider legislation that would increase New Jersey's hourly minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.50, and then adjust it annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

The bill (A-2162) would boost the minimum wage as of July 1. Then, starting on July 1, 2013, the wage rate be adjusted annually based on any increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) has made raising the minimum wage a Democratic priority for the new legislative session.

“This is economic stimulus and a recognition that thousands of households in New Jersey are struggling to subsist on minimum wage jobs that do not allow them to support their families,” Oliver said. “This is also about livable wages. Quite simply, we should all support economic stimulus, increased consumer spending and livable wages.”

“Having a minimum wage that accurately reflects the state’s economic reality is common sense, but also an essential tool that will have an immediate positive effect on our economy,” Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) said. “Traditionally, New Jersey has been a leader in providing economic security for its working families by ensuring a fair minimum wage. This is the time to do the right thing by increasing the minimum wage.”

Joining Oliver and Greenwald in sponsoring the proposal are: Assembly members Jerry Green (D-Union) /Middlesex/Somerset), Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.

 

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