New Jersey voters will get the last word on whether to increase the minimum wage.
Chris reviews the reaction to Bob Costas asserting that guns are responsible for the murder/suicide committed by Javon Belcher. He also assesses the Republican responses and efforts in the fiscal cliff debate, wonders if Andy Reid will be back next year, and analyzes the impact a minimum wage increase would have on New Jersey businesses.
Governor Christie has indicated he’s open to upping the rate from $7.25, but wonders — after Hurricane Sandy — whether this is the right time.
At the original Mart Pretzel Bakery in Cinnaminson, five employees who make pretzels in several sizes and flavors make more than New Jersey’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Most start around $8 an hour says Shaughnessy Fraser, whose family owns the business.
Governor Christie is calling “truly ridiculous” State Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bill to amend the state constitution to tie New Jersey’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index.
Mitt Romney’s economic plan basically says if you make $22.50 an hour with benefits, you make too much money; and if you make $22.5 million, then you pay too much in taxes.
On the third anniversary of the last increase in the federal minimum wage, a coalition of labor unions and advocates gathered on Independence Mall to hear testimony from minimum wage workers.
Chris reviews last night’s Major League Baseball Homerun Derby, President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, Tom Corbett’s Voter ID law, Mayor Nutter’s ban on feeding the homeless and parents that let their 5-year-old daughter swim with sharks.
The state assembly is ready to take a full vote on the plan as soon as next week.
People who are either for or against raising New Jersey’s minimum wage are looking to sway public opinion before the issue is debated in the Legislature.
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