Lawmakers discuss a minimum wage increase in N.J.

    New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney wants to have a discussion about helping the state’s working poor.

    He’s advocating for a $1.25/hour increase in the minimum wage bringing rates up from the current $7.25/hour to $8.50. He’d also like to see an annual increase, which he says, could give a boost to the state economy and lower unemployment.

    The South Jersey Times reports that for the $66,400 New Jersey women supporting a household on the state’s minimum wage, that extra $60 a week could make all the difference.

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    But for small businesses, the increase in would have a significant impact on their bottom line.

    According to the South Jersey Times, “the statewide move has been unofficially struck down by the governor who has promised to veto the measure.

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