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Lawmakers Considering $15 Minimum Wage in New Jersey

New Jersey Assembly set to consider bill phasing in $15 minimum wage

What to Know

  • New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill to hike the minimum wage in the Garden State to $15 an hour by 2024.
  • The Assembly Labor Committee is set to consider the legislation Thursday. It's the public's first chance to comment on the bill.
  • New Jersey would join California, Massachusetts and New York phasing in a $15 hourly wage if the bill is enacted.

New Jersey lawmakers are set to begin considering a bill to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.

The Assembly Labor Committee is set to consider the legislation Thursday.

Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced a deal on the wage last week. They're all Democrats.

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Thursday's hearing represents the public's first chance to comment on the bill containing the deal.

New Jersey would join California, Massachusetts and New York phasing in a $15 hourly wage if the bill is enacted.

The proposal would raise today's rate from $8.85 to $10 by July 1, climbing by $1 annually until reaching $15 in 2024.

It's not an across-the-board hike. Farm workers' wage will climb to $12.50 over five years, for example.

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