TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced plans today that would give voters the choice of whether to raise the minimum wage.

Sweeney is pushing to increase the minimum wage to $8.25 by putting it on the ballot. The wage would be tied to inflation, keeping it equal to the cost of living.

Republicans and business advocates disagree with putting the minimum wage choice on the ballot, saying it could hurt business.

Sweeney argues that the choice should be in the hands of the people of New Jersey, not politicians.

To make it on the ballot, the bill must pass the Senate and Assembly.