Mercer County Elected Officials, Community & Labor Leaders Kick-Off Campaign To Pass Ballot Question #2

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE:

Mercer County Elected Officials, Community & Labor Leaders Kick-Off Campaign To Pass Ballot Question #2

Local Economic Benefit to Mercer County & Reduction in Poverty Rates Highlighted Mercer County Board of Freeholders Introduce a Resolution Endorsing the Ballot Question 

TRENTON – Mercer County elected officials, labor leaders and community leaders came together this afternoon at the Mercer County McDade Building to announce their efforts to highlight the need to vote in favor of ballot question #2 that would increase the minimum wage to $8.25 including an annual cost of living increase.  Participants discussed the positive economic impact passage of the ballot question will have on Mercer County municipalities and local low-income workers. 

“The poverty rate in New Jersey is the highest it’s been in over 50 years,” said County Executive Hughes. “Raising the state minimum wage will have a direct and significant impact in helping low wage workers by giving them a $2,000 a year raise effective January 1.  But first, we need to make  residents aware of the ballot question and ask for their support” concluded Hughes.  Recent poverty statistics show that one in four New Jersey residents live in poverty – the highest rate in more than 50 years -- according to a recent study released by Legal Services of New Jersey.

The Mercer County Board of Freeholders introduced a resolution at their meeting following the press conference that urges support of the ballot question during the November 5, 2013 General Election.  

“Local elected officials and other civic leaders are playing a key role in making Mercer County residents aware of the ballot questions and we thank them for their ongoing support of this issue” said Laurel Brennan, Secretary-Treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, a coalition partner affiliated with the “Raise the Wage” campaign.  “Raising the Minimum Wage not only helps low income workers, but it helps the local economy as well,” she stated.  “With wage increases comes an increase in demand for goods and services, which translates into job growth in Mercer County” she concluded.

Also attending the press conference was State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14), Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14), Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14), Freeholder Chair John Cimino, Freeholder Pat Colavita, Freeholder Andrew Koontz, Trenton NAACP President Jonette Smart, and Mercer County Central Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Michele Liebtag.  255 organizations are participating in the “Raise the Wage” coalition to support passage of ballot question #2.  For more information, please visit www.raisethewagenj.org.  

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