Minimum wage bill hearing tomorrow

TRENTON – The Assembly Labor Committee will take up the minimum wage bill that calls for raising the rate to $8.50.

The minimum wage was last raised in 2006, to $7.25.

If the bill, A2162, passes, the wage hike would take effect in July. The wages would be adjusted annually, based on the consumer price index, the bill states.

The rates would not apply to part time workers “engaged in the care and tending of children in the home of the employer,” or car salesmen, among other occupations.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, (D-34), of East Orange, said the wage hike could help the economy.

“This is economic stimulus and a recognition that thousands of households in New Jersey are struggling to subsist on minimum wage jobs that do not allow them to support their families,” Oliver said. “This is also about livable wages. Quite simply, we should all support economic stimulus, increased consumer spending and livable wages.”

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in room 11 in the Statehouse Annex.

Minimum wage bill hearing tomorrow