Murphy Wants Quicker Minimum Wage Increase For All Workers

December 11, 2018 - 4:46 pm

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday continued to push to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The Democratic governor addressed the bill introduced by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, saying he does not support the length of time needed to increase New Jersey’s minimum.

“Our precepts continue to be: get to $15 responsibly, sooner than later, and get there with as many people, sooner than later, as possible,” Murphy said.

The bill is expected to increase the minimum wage for most people by 2024, but some groups would not see $15 an hour until as late as 2029.

Workers under 18-years-old, farm and seasonal workers and companies with less than 10 employees would not see wages increase for nearly another decade.

The governor made his comments while touring Earth Friendly Products, an environmentally friendly cleaning products company with a plant in Parsippany.

The company pays its workers $17 an hour.

“Earth Friendly Products will be the model we will hold up when the naysayers say we can’t, because we know we can and we know we need to do it now,” Murphy said.

The governor said he has met with both Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney in the last couple of days and he told them both the length of time it would take for that smaller group to get to $15 an hour and the size of the group need to shrink.