Minimum wage increase gaining steam

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Governor Phil Murphy unveiled his plan for a minimum wage hike during his 2019 Budget Address.  Murphy touched on the state’s cost of living and the need for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

This past week WHYY reported that the increase in minimum wage would be devastating.

NJ.com has reported that Senate President Stephen Sweeney agrees with Gov. Murphy, stating “We are committed to (raising) the minimum wage.”  He went on to state that he will be one of the prime sponsors of the wage and paid family leave bills.

The budget plans for a four-year phase in to a $15 minimum wage, including an increase to $11 per hour in fiscal 2019.  Detailed information on this initiative remains unclear.  The Chamber has actively opposed the minimum wage increase, arguing that it would hurt small business.

The chamber has actively opposed the minimum wage increase, arguing that it would hurt small business.