“Too many of our fellow New Jerseyans go to work every day, some to two jobs, and do not make enough money to put food on the table, pay the heating and electric bills, and clothe and put a roof over their children’s heads.”
“That is why we have joined together to put New Jersey at the forefront of the ‘Fight For $15’ movement by introducing legislation to raise the minimum wage from the current $8.38 an hour to $10.10, and to establish a schedule that will provide all of our state’s workers a living wage of over $15 an hour five years after the new measure takes effect.”
Sweeney and Preito make the case that “Raising the minimum wage is not a job killer — it is a job creator.”
“It is inhumane to refuse to raise the minimum wage when the United Way of Northern New Jersey estimates that a single New Jerseyan — with no children — would need to earn $13.78 just to meet basic needs like food and shelter, and $19.73 to achieve basic economic stability.”
An increased minimum wage would go a long way in preventing homelessness. As the affordable housing crisis in New Jersey continues to grow, an increased minimum wage would free up desperately needed income to help very low-income families and individuals afford rent.
The letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, among other things, pushes for phasing in the $15/hour minimum wage by 2021. Organizers of the movement are heartened by the opportunity to make huge strides in the efforts for compromise minimum wage legislation in New Jersey.