TRENTON – A proposal to increase New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15 over two years is expected to highlight Senate committee action on Monday, Jan. 24th, when the measure comes before the Senate Labor Committee.
“I’m confident that we have the support we need to approve this bill so we can start giving our workers a living wage,” said Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate Labor Committee Chairman and a prime sponsor of the measure, S-2065. “In a high-priced state like New Jersey, we can never forget that hourly workers still need to feed their families and pay soaring utility bills.”
Senator Sweeney said “fundamental fairness” requires corporate America to find the pay hike for workers without punishing consumers.
“I can’t imagine the chief executive officers of large companies going years without pay raises,” Senator Sweeney said. “CEOs shouldn’t expect their workers to do it either.” The last increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage came in 1999.
“It (minimum hourly rate) went up 10 cents in 1999, but that’s been the only increase in 14 years,” Senator Sweeney said. “CEOs would never let themselves get treated that way.”
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