NJ Voters Will Have Final Say on Minimum Wage as Oliver, Eustace & Spencer Measure to Put Minimum Wage Increase Before Voters & Allow Annual Adjustments Gets Final Legislative Approval

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NJ Voters Will Have Final Say on Minimum Wage as Oliver, Eustace & Spencer Measure to Put Minimum Wage Increase Before Voters & Allow Annual Adjustments Gets Final Legislative Approval

Minimum wage question will go before voters after Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed bill that would have given New Jersey one of the highest minimum wages in the country

(TRENTON) – New Jersey voters will have the final say on whether the state’s minimum hourly wage should be raised to $8.25 per hour with annual adjustments for inflation, after the General Assembly on Thursday approved a measure sponsored by Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, Assemblyman Tim Eustace and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer to put the question directly before registered voters at the next general election.

The resolution was put forth as a proactive measure in case the governor decided to veto legislation (A-2162) to increase the minimum wage to $8.50. The governor conditionally vetoed that bill last month. The resolution puts the question of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey right before the voters via a referendum. The question will be placed on the November 2013 ballot for voter consideration.

The resolution is one of several legislative measures being pushed by Democrats in the Assembly to spur job creation and jumpstart economic recovery in the state.

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