Raise the minimum wage, Bergen NAACP says

By. James Kleimann
NJ.com
10/29/13

TEANECK – The Bergen County NAACP is urging its members to vote in favor of Ballot Question # 2 on election day, a measure that would increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25.

“Raising the minimum wage will bring relief to those who desperately need it. It works for everyone and nearly 80% of workers benefiting from a wage increase are over the age of 20,” Anthony Cureton, President of the Bergen County NAACP said in a statement. “This measure will have a direct positive impact on the local and state economy, and will benefit over 230,000 children. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but this is a step in the right direction.”

Opponents of the measure say business owners can't afford an increase, while supporters say $7.25 simply isn't a livable wage in the Garden State. If approved, the minimum wage would also increase yearly based on the Consumer Price Index.
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