On Wednesday, I blogged about how Democrats in the U.S. Senate were introducing a new bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour.
Yesterday, the State of New Jersey completed a roadmap to a $15/hr minimum wage in the Garden State.Here’s more from Nick Corasaniti reporting (here) at The New York Times:
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…The bill proposes increasing the minimum wage [currently at $8.85] to $10 an hour on July 1. On Jan. 1, it would increase to $11 an hour, and then would increase by $1 an hour every year until it reaches $15 in 2024.
The announcement of an agreement between Mr. Murphy, Stephen M. Sweeney, the senate president, and Craig Coughlin, the speaker of the assembly, amounts to a fait accompli; both Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Coughlin had said they would not introduce a bill unless it could pass and Mr. Murphy would sign it. With Democrats in control of both houses of the legislature, passing the bill will be a formality.
Samantha Marcus and Brent Johnson writing (here) at NJ.com reports that there are some exceptions built into the proposal for small businesses and others:
Seasonal workers and small business employees won’t reach $15 an hour until 2026. Farm workers will hit $12.50 in 2024, after which it would be left up to state officials in the executive branch whether to keep going to $15 an hour by 2027.
The tipped wage will rise gradually from $2.13 an hour to $5.13.
NJ.com reports that the Senate may vote on the bill by the end of January.