People will be arriving soon to the Statehouse Annex for the next step in bringing New Jersey’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour. Today the bill will be heard in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee – Committee Room 4, First floor.
If the hearing is audio-broadcast, you will be able to hear it on the NJ Legislature’s media page. More than an hour before the committee is set to meet, the broadcast is still listed as currently ‘Unavailable’. Refresh the page often as the hearing gets closer; it’s not unusual for the committee to start late.
Last week, the Assembly Labor Committee approved an incremental increase from the current $8.85 an hour to $15 by 2024. Certain industries are getting special preferential treatment, most notably agricultural workers whose path to better wages will be slower. The schedule looks like this for most workers: $10 (July 1), $11 (Jan. 1, 2020), $1 increase every subsequent January 1st until $15 is reached in 2024. At that point, wages would be tied to the consumer price index for most wage earners. New York, California & Massachusetts have all begun the process for significant minimum wage hikes. Read more here.