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USNew Jersey to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

05:55  18 january  2019
05:55  18 january  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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By nearly doubling the current minimum wage of .85, New Jersey would join a growing national movement to reach $ 15 an hour . California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C., as well as many cities, have approved raising their minimum wage to $ 15

New Jersey lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday to raise its minimum wage to $ 15 by 2024. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democrats who lead the state Legislature disagreed over which workers should be included in the wage increase, NJ .com reports.

New Jersey to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour© Getty New Jersey to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour New Jersey lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2024.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democrats who lead the state Legislature disagreed over which workers should be included in the wage increase, NJ.com reports.

The new plan would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour on July 1, $11 an hour in 2020, $12 an hour in 2021, $13 in 2022, $14 in 2023 and $15 in 2024.

Those in the state legislature called for exceptions to be made for some employers, including small businesses and farmers.

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Raw video of the votes by lawmakers on Jan. 31, 2019 to increase New Jersey 's minimum wage to $ 15 an hour over several years. Nicholas Pugliese, State House Bureau, @nickpugz.

Phil Murphy really wanted the $ 15 minimum wage . It will be phased in over five years for most workers. Phil Murphy on Monday signed landmark legislation raising the minimum wage in New Jersey to $ 15 an hour by 2024, capping Democrats' years-long effort to improve wages for the

"I'm sorry it took as long as it did, but I think we came up with a really good compromise," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said. "It took forever, but we got it done."

"This is a big, big step forward for New Jersey. And particularly, it's responsible," Murphy said during a virtual town hall. "We are changing the lives of a million workers in this state. I can't stress that enough."

The state Senate and state Assembly still need to pass a bill that needs to signed into law by Murphy.

Democrats in the national House and Senate proposed a bill Tuesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not increased in a decade and was based on legislation passed in 2007.


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