Minimum wage hike may be decided by NJ voters

New Jersey's Senate President unveiled a plan today to increase the minimum wage by letting voters decide.Sen. Steve Sweeney's plan would let voters decide whether

TRENTON - New Jersey's Senate President unveiled a plan today to increase the minimum wage by letting voters decide.

Sen. Steve Sweeney's plan would let voters decide whether to raise the wage by $1, to $8.25 per hour, and tie future yearly increases to national economic data. He wants the issue on the November 2013 ballot.

The Assembly, led by Speaker Sheila Oliver, passed a bill in May increasing the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour and creating annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

But Sweeney says he didn't advance the bill in the Senate after Gov. Chris Christie indicated he would not sign it because of the automatic annual adjustments.

Business groups oppose a minimum wage increase.

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