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The Time has Come to Allow Local N.J. Cities and Towns to Set a Fair Minimum Wage

The Time has Come to  Allow Local N.J. Cities and Towns to Set a Fair Minimum Wage
BY ERIC GUNDERSEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Legislation that would allow New Jersey's cities and towns to set minimum wages higher than the state's has just been released by the Assembly Labor Committee by a 6-3 vote.

"There's no reason New Jersey's cities and towns shouldn't be allowed to set local minimum wages that begin to approach living wages for the hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers across the state," said New Jersey Policy Perspective Deputy Director Jon Whiten. "When the state minimum wage is barely more than half of what it takes just to survive in this high-cost state, it's clearly time to enact policies that would help close that wage gap. If the state won't act to do so, we need to let local governments take the lead."

Below is the Testimony of Brandon McKoy, Policy Analyst for N.J. Policy Perspective, before the N.J. Assembly Labor Committee on March 19, 2015.

Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members, thank you for the opportunity to speak here today.

It is well known that the minimum wage is an important and successful tool in raising the quality of life for low-income workers. This tool is particularly important in such a state as New Jersey, where the cost of living is higher than elsewhere.

 

Chris Christie Goes Back to His NJ Teacher Playbook

Chris Christie Goes Back to His NJ Teacher Playbook
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov. Christie is still trying to fix New Jersey’s ailing pension and health care programs, and is taking his ideas to town hall meetings.

Shortly after his town hall mee...

14 Reasons Our Senator Menendez Indicted

14 Reasons Our Senator Menendez Indicted
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are actually 14 reasons that Sen. Robert Menendez was indicted by the Department of Justice.

That is the number of corruption charges the New Jersey senator was fa...

3 Reasons ‘Selma’ Oscar Winner Common Not Welcome in New Jersey

3 Reasons ‘Selma’ Oscar Winner Common Not Welcome in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Common is a hip-hop recording artist and actor who won an Academy Award for the song “Glory,” featured in the movie SELMA.

But Common has a body of work that goes back y...

Flying the Coop! Aggravated Assault Defendant Being Sought after Fleeing During Jury Deliberations

Flying the Coop! Aggravated Assault Defendant Being Sought after Fleeing During Jury Deliberations
BY MARK SPIVEY
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A Bergen County man is being sought by authorities after fleeing while a jury deliberated on his trial for aggravated assault, acting Union County Prosecu...

Do You Want Your N.J. Lottery Ticket Delivered to Your Door?

Do You Want Your N.J. Lottery Ticket Delivered to Your Door?
BY COLLEEN ROACHE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli to make it easier for New Jersey residents to obtain lottery tickets was advanced Monda...

NJ PARCC Opt Out or Refusal Number Hits 40,000 Mark … and Growing

NJ PARCC Opt Out or Refusal Number Hits 40,000 Mark … and Growing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The number of families in New Jersey who are against the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized school tests appears to be increas...

Cheap Wine in New Jersey Could Have Arsenic Health Issue

Cheap Wine in New Jersey Could Have Arsenic Health Issue
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A number of wine makers in California are being accused of selling wine containing dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic.

Twenty-eight wineries have been named in...

What Does Bankruptcy Mean for Atlantic City?

What Does Bankruptcy Mean for Atlantic City?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Detroit came out of bankruptcy this past December, but that is not in the cards for Atlantic City, according to an emergency management team appointed by Gov. Christie....

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