Proposed New Jersey minimum wage hike closer to becoming law

(02/14/05) TRENTON ? The minimum wage in New Jersey may be going up after both the state Assembly Labor Committee and the full Senate approved a proposed hike Monday.

In order for the wage increase to go into effect, the full Assembly needs to vote in favor of the measure. The governor must also give the bill his signature for it to become law. Many small business owners in the state are against the minimum wage hike, saying they simply can?t afford it.

In addition to the minimum wage legislation, lawmakers may have also paved the way for deer hunting with bow and arrows on Sundays. The Assembly Agriculture Committee voted to allow that particular type of hunting, a move that was met with approval by area gamesmen. Hunters say many deer are donated to local food shelters to help the hungry.

The full assembly will vote on the proposed wage change February 24. The hunting bill must still be approved by the state Senate.

 

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