Think tank not impressed with upcoming NJ minimum wage increase

  • Think tank not impressed with upcoming NJ minimum wage increase

Think tank not impressed with upcoming NJ minimum wage increase

That's because a higher minimum wage for workers across the state takes effect, the result of a voter-approved initiative to increase the wage annually until it reaches $12 an hour in 2020.

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed landmark legislation making NY the first state in the nation to enact a $15 minimum wage.

New York's minimum wage is increasing December 31, and the state released this public-service announcement with a hotline to call if there's any trouble with employers.

Around New York City, it will go to $10.50 or $11 an hour, depending on the size of the business. January 1, 2017, low wage workers in 22 states, 33 cities and four counties will see pay increases, and low wage workers in three states, 16 cities, and four counties will receive raises later in 2017. Workers at small New York City businesses will see raises at $10.50 on December 31, then $1.50 a year up to $15.

Previous year the minimum wage got a hike of almost 30 percent to TL 1,300, in line with the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) campaign pledge ahead of the November 1 elections to raise the wage substantially. Opponents say a higher minimum would hurt businesses. As of Sunday, she will earn $9.30 an hour at each job.

Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Greg Biryla says NY is not making things easier for small businesses. The wage applies to any employee who works two or more hours per week.

The official copy of New York State's $15 minimum wage bill is displayed at the Jacob Javits Center Monday
The official copy of New York State's $15 minimum wage bill is displayed at the Jacob Javits Center Monday

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"It is regrettable that millions in out-of-state spending by special interests forced through a law that is damaging and detrimental and can not be fixed or amended to save small businesses, school districts or rural communities", said Tyler Sandberg, spokesman for opponents.

By 2022, it will rise to $15 an hour.

He argues that the union contract with service workers at the University of Rochester, which includes a generous benefits package along with a living wage, could serve as a model for major employers in the city of Rochester.

"We generally start people at $9.50 unless they have no experience". Others said they will have to pass increased costs on to consumers.