The New Jersey Legislature has taken one step closer to lifting up nearly 1 million workers and their families out of poverty and reducing income inequality. The Assembly and Senate Houses passed the A15/S15, legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Check out New Jersey Working Families Executive Director Analilia Mejia’s statement in response to the passage.
“After years of standing up and speaking out, New Jersey’s working families are on the verge of getting their hard-won raise. This historic legislation will mean real economic security for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans, helping them cover groceries, pay the bills, and afford rent. What’s more, it will put money in the pockets of consumers who will then make purchases at local businesses and drive our economy forward. We thank elected leaders in Trenton for heeding the call of working families across this state and taking us one big step closer to a fairer and more prosperous New Jersey.”