By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — With the arrival of the new year comes a bump in New Jersey’s minimum wage. But not a big one.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
In 2013, New Jersey voters approved a $1 increase in the state’s minimum wage, to $8.25. The measure also called for annual cost-of-living hikes.
This first cost-of-living adjustment (“COLA”) will be just 13 cents an hour.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
Gordon MacInnes, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, says about 170,000 people across New Jersey will get that increase.
“If they work full-time, making 260 bucks more a year will be gratefully received but it won’t change their status,” he notes. “They’ll still be struggling and striving to survive in a very high cost place.”
The State of Delaware will hike its minimum wage this coming June to $8.25 an hour.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Officials Expected To Provide Update On Reopening Timeline Tuesday, Sources Say
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is still at the federally mandated $7.25 an hour.