BY ERIC GUNDERSEN
Legislation that would allow New Jersey's cities and towns to set minimum wages higher than the state's has just been released by the Assembly Labor Committee by a 6-3 vote.
"There's no reason New Jersey's cities and towns shouldn't be allowed to set local minimum wages that begin to approach living wages for the hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers across the state," said New Jersey Policy Perspective Deputy Director Jon Whiten. "When the state minimum wage is barely more than half of what it takes just to survive in this high-cost state, it's clearly time to enact policies that would help close that wage gap. If the state won't act to do so, we need to let local governments take the lead."
Below is the Testimony of Brandon McKoy, Policy Analyst for N.J. Policy Perspective, before the N.J. Assembly Labor Committee on March 19, 2015.
Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members, thank you for the opportunity to speak here today.
It is well known that the minimum wage is an important and successful tool in raising the quality of life for low-income workers. This tool is particularly important in such a state as New Jersey, where the cost of living is higher than elsewhere.