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NJ Minimum Wage Hike Final Approval Expected Tomorrow

Final approval for a measure giving New Jersey voters the final say on whether the state’s minimum hourly wage should be raised are among several bills to be considered by the Assembly on Thursday.

Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse
Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Bills imposing oversight on Sandy relief funding, legislation restoring a tax credit for the working poor and a resolution extending subpoena power over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also top Thursday’s Assembly voting session agenda.

Barring a last minute compromise with Governor Chris Christie, final approval is expected for a bill giving New Jersey voters the final say on whether the state’s minimum hourly wage should be raised to $8.25 with annual adjustments for inflation. The proposed constitutional amendment would go on the November ballot.

Two bills sponsored by Speaker Sheila Oliver to create monitors and oversight to oversee the spending of Sandy relief money to ensure it is allocated properly are also on the agenda. The Assembly will also vote on legislation to restore the Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor slashed by Christie in 2010. It’s also sponsored by Oliver.

Rejecting the governor’s proposed school funding changes, additional job creation measures, banning retailers from imposing payment card surcharges and condemning the failure of the House Majority Leadership to take action to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act are also on tap.

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