POLL: What Do You Think of Christie's Minimum Wage Hike Plan?
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After vetoing a Democratic Party-backed minimum wage bill Monday, Gov. Christie announced his own plan to increase the state’s minimum wage by $1 over three years while restoring a 5 percent cut he made in 2011 to the state's Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor.
Mendham Township's most controversial resident's plan is an alternative to the Democratic minimum-wage measure that would have raised the state’s minimum wage by $1.25 to $8.50 per hour in one fell swoop. The blue approach also would have linked automatic yearly increases to the Consumer Price Index, an idea the governor rejected.
Senate President Steve Sweeney has said that in the event of a Christie veto, Democrats would try to pass a constitutional amendment.
The governor's plan amounts to a smaller hourly boost for low-income workers than Democrats wanted, and spreads that smaller increase over three years.
State Republican leaders call the governor's approach a responsible way to give relief to working families that does not jeopardize New Jersey’s economic progress.
General Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat who sponsored the vetoed bill held a different view, calling Christie’s action “unacceptable” and “callous.”
Meanwhile, Laurie Ehlbeck, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, expressed regret over Christie's move.
“This was a difficult decision for the governor and we appreciate his effort to soften the blow,” said Ehlbeck. “But the bottom line is that it’s still a blow to small businesses and that’s going to harm the economy.”
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