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NJ lawmakers consider legislation raising minimum wage to $15

January 24, 2019 - 11:25 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Lawmakers in New Jersey are beginning the process of raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The state assembly was set to meet Thursday to consider the legislation which is supported by Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

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“Let’s start 2019 by finishing what we began in 2018 — putting the minimum wage on a clear and responsible path to $15 an hour and legalizing adult-use marijuana,” Murphy said during his State of the State address last week.

The proposal would raise the rate from $8.85 to $10 by July 1, climbing by $1 annually until reaching $15 in 2024. It is not an across-the-board pay hike, farm worker wages will only increase to $12.50.