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NJ legislators pass bill hiking minimum wage to $15 by 2024

New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation to phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage over a span of five years.

News 12 Staff

Jan 31, 2019, 10:17 PM

Updated 1,967 days ago

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New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation to phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage over a span of five years.
The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate approved the measure Thursday, sending it to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. Murphy has already given the measure his blessing and is expected to sign it Monday.
Raising New Jersey’s minimum wage became a major part of Murphy’s gubernatorial run, but he was unable to get it done in his first year in office due to disagreements with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.
But Murphy and lawmakers announced a deal earlier this month to make New Jersey the fourth state after California, Massachusetts and New York to phase in the higher wage.
Murphy and legislators say the higher rate is needed so workers can try to keep up in this expensive state.
“The truth of the matter is, history has shown us that raising the minimum wage is actually good for the business community, it’s good for the state of New Jersey, and most importantly it’s good for the people who benefit from it,” Coughlin said.
Industry groups, business owners and Republicans say that they worry the high rate will hurt commerce and further make high-cost New Jersey uncompetitive. They say that business owners may be forced to raise their prices in order to handle the wage increase.
New Jersey's current rate is $8.85 an hour. It will increase to $10 per hour this July.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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