To Cheers, Murphy Signs $15 Minimum-Wage Measure

NJTV News online | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Amid celebration, concerns are raised that wage boost could have ‘unintended consequences’ for some workers

To the cheers of union members and worker advocates, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $15 minimum-wage bill yesterday, giving more than a million people a series of pay raises that kick in over the next five years.

“Raising the minimum wage will give my family and millions of others more opportunities in New Jersey,” said Make the Road New Jersey youth leader Giovana Castaneda.

But amid the celebration, concerns were raised that the pay hikes could have the unintended consequence of making some workers ineligible for government-aid programs, like Head Start and SNAP.

Advocates said they intend to press lawmakers to address the issue in the next state budget.

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