NJ Minimum Wage Rises To $11 Starting Today

New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $10 per hour to $11 per hour beginning today, January 1st. The rise is the second in a planned series of wage increases in New Jersey, with the goal of reaching a $15 minimum wage by 2024. The first wage hike went into effect on July 1st of this year, with the next increase expected to take place in 2021.

Analysts estimate that over 500,000 people will benefit, directly and indirectly, from the minimum wage increase in New Jersey. Governor Murphy has made higher minimum wages a priority for his administration, in an attempt to assist low-income individuals and households survive in the high cost of living state of New Jersey.

But critics say that a rising minimum wage ultimately hurts workers by increasing the cost of consumer goods and motivating employers to hire fewer low-wage workers. They point to studies which show that workers ultimately gain nothing from the increases.

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  1. It hurts the poor, by making things more expensive, it hurts the employees by hiring less workers, and hurts small business owners by having to pay so much before seeing profits.

  2. When they raise the minimum wage the people will now make too much money for any public assistance, and now their tax rate will be higher with the increase in income. This is helping who? It is helping the Democrats get more tax revenue to spend on illegals. Lastly small business will most likely lay off some people and have to raise prices, again this is helping who?

  3. My company is bringing in machinery to replace the lowest wage workers. So while it sounds nice in theory, in reality it costs workers their jobs.

  4. I don’t understand that a lot of people are looking for work they say that they are hiring I fill out application s but I don’t get called and it’s annoying that a lot of places you have to go on line for the application WHAT a pain in the neck

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