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• The Minimum Wage Campaign is an initiative to support the ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in New Jersey from $7.25/hour to $8.25/hour.  
  • Raising the wage would impact a total of 429,000 working New Jerseyans, or 11 percent of the state’s workforce. That includes 241,000 who are directly affected (workers currently making between $7.25 and $8.25 per hour) and 188,000 who are indirectly affected (workers making between $8.25 and $9.25 per hour whose wages would increase as pay scales are adjusted upwards).
• The Minimum Wage affects single working parents and working class families striving to earn a living in one of the most expensive states in the country.  
  • SIX YEARS AGO, The state’s Minimum Wage Advisory Commission said “New Jersey should set the minimum wage at $8.25 per hour immediately and should subsequently provide an automatic annual costofliving increase of the minimum wage, indexed to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Northeast Metropolitan Region.”
• The minimum wage ballot question will appear on the general election ballot this November 5th, 2013.  The voters will have the opportunity to decide on whether or not to provide more equal pay for hard working individuals in The Garden State.  
  • Despite arguments to the contrary, the Minimum Wage increase has proven to benefit the local economy.  Those earning the minimum wage will have more revenue to spend on their necessities such as food, clothing, and housing and will put their additional earnings directly back into the economy.
• If passed, the Minimum Wage Ballot Question will also provide an annual cost of living increase.  
  • If the Minimum Wage is increased to $8.25/hour, individuals will receive an additional $1,000- $2,000 per year in their paycheck.
• The Minimum Wage increase was passed by the legislature but then vetoed by Governor Christie.  
• President Obama supports increasing the minimum wage to $9/hour.
• Currently, individuals working 40 hours a week while earning minimum wage will only earn $15,080/year before taxes.  
  • Currently, New Jersey’s minimum wage is among the lowest minimum wage in the United States, matching the federal mandatory minimum.



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