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USNew Jersey Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

00:10  05 february  2019
00:10  05 february  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey and legislative leaders agreed on Thursday to a deal that would raise the minimum wage to $ 15 , making New Jersey the fourth state in the country to commit to significantly raising incomes to that level and reflecting a growing national movement to address

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday that will raise the state's minimum wage to $ 15 per hour by 2024. State legislators have tried to raise the minimum wage in the past, but former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strongly opposed such a measure.

New Jersey Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour© (Julio Cortez/AP) New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday raising the state's minimum wage.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

Under the plan, passed by the state legislature last week, New Jersey's minimum wage will rise from $8.85 per hour to $10 per hour starting July 1, and will reach $11 per hour by Jan. 1, 2010, according to a press release. It will then increase by $1 per hour every year until 2024.

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New Jersey ’s minimum wage is currently .85 per hour , well above the federally required rate of .25 per hour . According to some sources however, by the time the full $ 15 minimum wage takes effect in NJ in 2024, a minimum wage of will be closer to the amount required for a living wage

New Jersey 's state minimum wage rate is .00 per hour . This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of .25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage . The New Jersey minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised .85 from . 15 to .00.

"For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living," Murphy, a Democrat, said.

He also said in a tweet that the bill will impact more than 1 million workers who will become part of the middle class.

State legislators have tried to raise the minimum wage in the past, but former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strongly opposed such a measure. No Republicans voted for the current minimum wage legislation, according to northjersey.com.

The bill was sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, both Democrats.

"We can now achieve greater economic fairness by closing the wealth gap that has separated segments of society," Sweeney said.

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New Jersey minimum wage will be incrementally increased each year until it reaches $ 15 per hour in 2024. Amazon workers make $ 15 per hour On November 1, 2018, the retail giant Amazon voluntarily raised its minimum wage for US employees to $ 15 per hour .

Phil Murphy signs legislation to raise New Jersey 's minimum wage to $ 15 per hour , Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, in Elizabeth, N . J . Edwin J. Torres/ N . J . New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia in phasing in the higher rate. The $ 15 wage is a prominent policy goal of

New Jersey is now the third-largest state --behind California and New York-- to boost its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The federal minimum wage, untouched since 2009, still sits at $7.25. Dozens of cities and 29 states now have a minimum wage that surpases the federal level, though some are due to inflation adjustments.

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