(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver issued a multimedia package Friday of her floor speech in support of her minimum wage increase legislation.
Oliver, during the Assembly reorganization ceremony in January, announced increasing the minimum wage — which is now $7.25 per hour — would be a Democratic priority this legislative session.
The bill (A-2162) specifically increases New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage rate to $8.50 on July 1, 2012 and then requires that, starting in calendar year 2013, the minimum wage be adjusted annually based on any increase in the Consumer Price Index, with the adjustment taking effect on July 1 of each year.
It was approved Thursday by the General Assembly by a vote of 46-33.
The multimedia package consists of a video of the Speaker’s floor speech to the General Assembly and audio of the same.
The audio file is available upon request.