NJ minimum wage increase plan proposed in legislature

David Madden
December 07, 2018 - 4:00 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Legislators in New Jersey will soon consider a move to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. A bill making the change was introduced in the Assembly yesterday.

Bill A-15. 

Appropriate, perhaps, considering the goal of the plan authored by Speaker Craig Coughlin. 

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The minimum goes up to $8.85 an hour come January. But his proposal takes several incremental steps towards what he considers a livable wage. That’s $15 by 2024 for most workers, five years later for places with less than 10 employees, along with youthful, seasonal and farm workers.
    
“I worked with the senate president,” Coughlin told KYW Newsradio. “Gov. Murphy had sent us some proposals back in May and I used some of those in crafting this bill.”
    
Even those working for tips would see more than double their current $2 plus an hour wage within three years.
    
His proposal gets its first hearing next week in the Assembly Labor Committee. Coughlin expects action on the measure in time for the first bump to $9.50 an hour to take effect by July 1.