State Assembly panel advances bill phasing in $15 minimum wage

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TRENTON -

New Jersey lawmakers have advanced a bill to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

The Assembly Labor Committee approved the measure Thursday.

Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced a deal on the wage last week.

Thursday's hearing was the public's first chance to comment on the bill containing the deal.

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New Jersey would join California, Massachusetts and New York phasing in a $15 hourly wage if it's enacted.

The proposal would raise today's rate from $8.85 to $10 by July 1, climbing by $1 annually until reaching $15 in 2024 for most, but not all workers.

It's not an across-the-board hike. Farm workers' wage will climb to $12.50 over five years, for example.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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