State minimum wage increases, ‘not enough’ says Murphy

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New Jersey’s minimum wage increased by 25 cents to $8.85 per hour Jan. 1, but Gov. Phil Murphy says that this still isn’t enough.

“This raise isn’t worth celebrating. For a full-time worker, that raise will amount to only $500 more across the entire year – $2 a day – not enough to lift them or their family from poverty, and not enough to spur economic growth,” the governor said in a statement.

Murphy previously said that he wanted to see a plan for $15 minimum wage approved by the end of 2018, but that did not happen.

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The governor now says that he is working with the state Legislature and that he hopes to have the plan done early in the year.

“When we do, our working families will have a 2019 worth celebrating,” Murphy said.

Some lawmakers and small business owners have said that they are leery of $15 minimum wage because it could make employment unaffordable for some business owners.

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