Poll: Do you support the $10.10 minimum wage proposal announced by top New Jersey Democrats Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3)?
Prieto and Senate President Sweeney said at a press conference on Friday that they would propose legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, with annual increases implemented to eventually get the minimum wage up to $15 an hour.
“New Jersey workers deserve to be paid a living wage that enables them to support themselves and their families with the basic necessities,” Sweeney said in a statement.
“It’s a matter of economic fairness and human dignity. No one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty, especially at a time when so much of the nation’s wealth flows up to the richest one percent.”
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to reach an agreement on how to move forward on this issue because this will be one of the most critical things we do this year,” Prieto said.
“We’ve all seen the statistics. Our poverty rate is the highest it’s been in decades, with roughly 800,000 children alone living in poverty right now. The greatest thing we can do for working families is to give them the opportunity to earn a livable wage, one that can help pull them out of poverty and rebuild the middle class.”
Along with Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), the deputy speaker, Prieto announced earlier this month that such legislation was on it’s way in the state Assembly – with state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) stating he would introduce a related bill in the Senate.
The minimum wage was raised to $8.25 per hour in 2013 via a constitutional amendment that was sponsored by Sweeney.