Last night the vote was passed for question #2 on the ballot that would increase the minimum wage $1 an hour to $8.25 pr hour.

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The vote will also provide for an automatic increase to the cost-of-living expenses.

The new hourly minimum will go into effect Jan. 1 under the constitutional amendment that was approved. Cost-of-living adjustments will occur every September.

About 50,000 workers in New Jersey get minimum wage, or about 3 percent of the workforce. That number doesn’t include those who get paid less because they rely on commissions or tips.

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