TRENTON - This November, voters in New Jersey will decide whether to give workers a raise with a ballot question on the minimum wage.
The measure would raise wages by $1 to $8.25 an hour. With a 40-hour work week, that could mean $2,000 more a year in salary.
New Jersey last raised the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in 2005. Items like gasoline, food and rent have all increased since then, but so has the cost of business, and opponents of the wage hike say now is not the right time. Supporters say the move is actually good for business in the long run.
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If approved, the bill would prevent another eight-year gap in raising the wage floor, and would tie future wage increases to inflation.
The minimum wage increase is one of two statewide questions on this year's ballot. The other asks voters if they approve of giving veterans groups money from gambling collections.