On November 5 voters in New Jersey will be asked to decide on a ballot question that would boost the minimum wage to $8.25 (from $7.25) and raise it automatically every year. If passed, the question would become an amendment to the state Constitution.
Labor groups are vocal backers, as are several municipalities, Senator-elect Cory Booker, and gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono. The Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a largely union-funded, D.C.-based super PAC has spent close to $700,000 to push the measure.
The question is opposed by some business groups, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, and the Washington, D.C.-based Employment Policies Institute (EPI), which has run radio and TV spots.
With so much attention focused on the initiative, NJ Spotlight wants to know: