NJ voters to decide on minimum wage at polls tomorrow

Voters heading to the polls tomorrow will also decide on two ballot questions. One of the questions on tomorrow’s ballot would raise the minimum wage

NJ voters to decide on minimum wage at polls tomorrow

NJ voters to decide on minimum wage at polls tomorrow (11/4/13)

EAST BRUNSWICK - Voters heading to the polls tomorrow will also decide on two ballot questions.

One of the questions on tomorrow’s ballot would raise the minimum wage by $1.25, to $8.50 per hour, with annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

Advocates for the measure were out today pressing commuters in New Jersey to approve the constitutional amendment. Representatives of the state's AFL-CIO union and Working Families United for New Jersey distributed leaflets at major mass-transit hubs today. Many argue that workers can’t live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Business owners say they'll be forced to lay off workers, cut employee hours or raise prices to compensate for having to pay a higher minimum wage. They also say they'd be hamstrung by the constitutional amendment if there is another economic recession.

Another ballot question would ask voters whether veterans' organizations should be allowed to use money collected from existing games of chance to support their organizations.

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