Times of Trenton Letters to the Editor

A higher minimum wage would lift economy

The issue of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

As we celebrate Labor Day this year — an observance to honor and appreciate the roles of our working women and men in the labor movement — voters can honor the observance’s meaning by voting for the increase in hourly wages from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour. The measure also includes a yearly adjustment for inflation.

If approved, the measure will provide more equal and fair wages to workers and their families and the economic community will benefit, as well.

Today’s economy is very challenging and people are struggling to live on $7.25 an hour. With a hike in the minimum wage, more workers will have more money to spend, which will generate more economic activity that will not only help boost the economy, but will create more part-time and full-time jobs. It will help make New Jersey stronger.

Hourly workers are also consumers. With extra money, they can enjoy an improved lifestyle.

I do not think of raising the hourly wages as a nice or kind gesture; it is an efficient and responsible way to help stabilize the state’s economy.

Labor Day is like a patriotic holiday. As we celebrate this observance, let’s exercise our patriotic duty by voting “yes” for this ballot question on Nov. 5, Election Day.

-- Eileen P. Thornton,
Hamilton
The writer is vice president of the retirees committee of Communications Workers of America, Local 1036. 

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