Murphy Said to Want $15 Minimum Wage Bill by Year's-end

According to a story in Politico, during an unrelated Atlantic City press conference Tuesday Gov. Phil Murphy said that he wants lawmakers to send him legislation before the end of the year that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour. Support for a $15 minimum wage was one of the positions candidate Murphy campaigned on last year, and he has re-affirmed that commitment on numerous occasions since taking office in January.

Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) agree that the minimum wage should hit $15, at some point but they have yet to agree on various details such as whether the bill exempts farmworkers, teenagers and restaurant staff who receive tips, as well as how long it takes to go from the current $8.60 per hour to $15.

Sweeney has also raised concerns on how the increase will impact the state budget. He estimates New Jersey will need to add $150 million to $200 million to the budget because "we can't pass minimum wage and exempt people who do business with us."