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Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) votes in the 2018 primary election.

Norcross praises minimum wage deal

By Nikita Biryukov, January 17 2019 5:41 pm

Rep. Donald Norcross praised the $15/hour minimum wage deal reached by Trenton’s top Democrats Thursday.

“Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin joined me for their first public appearance together calling for $15 an hour minimum wage a little more than a year ago. Today, I’m glad to see they have announced an agreement that will help over a million workers and boost New Jersey’s economy,” Norcross said. “I was once a young single dad working for minimum wage and raising my son, having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. Back then, it was hard. Today, for far too many Americans, it’s nearly impossible. No American who works full-time should live in poverty.”

Under the deal, the minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour in July. It would climb to $11 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020, and would then climb by $1 every year until reaching $15 an hour in 2024.

Seasonal and part-time workers would reach $15 an hour in 2026.

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