State Assembly Passes $15 Minimum Wage Measure

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The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation to begin phasing in a $15 hourly minimum wage over the next five years.

The Assembly approved the measure on Thursday, January 31st, and the bill will now be sent to the Senate for a vote.

Governor Phil Murphy has already said he backs it.

Murphy and lawmakers announced the deal earlier this month on the measure to make New Jersey the fourth state after California, Massachusetts and New York to raise the state minimum wage to $15.

The current rate is $8.85 an hour.

Murphy and legislators say the higher rate is needed so workers can try to keep up with the cost of living in New Jersey.

Industry groups, business owners, and Republicans worry the high rate will hurt commerce and further make high-cost New Jersey uncompetitive.

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