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File #: 13-1760    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
File created: 9/12/2013 In control: Municipal Council and City Clerk
On agenda: 9/18/2013 Final action: 9/18/2013
Title: Dept/ Agency: Offices of Municipal Council/City Clerk Action: ( ) Ratifying (X) Authorizing ( ) Amending Type of Service: Supporting Ballot Question #2 Purpose: Urging voters in the City of Newark to vote in support of Ballot Question #2 on the November 5, 2013 General Election Ballot seeking an increase in the Minimum Wage. Additional Information: Sponsor: Council Member Mildred C. Crump
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Dept/ Agency: Offices of Municipal Council/City Clerk
Action: ( ) Ratifying (X) Authorizing ( ) Amending
Type of Service: Supporting Ballot Question #2
Purpose: Urging voters in the City of Newark to vote in support of Ballot Question #2 on the November 5, 2013 General Election Ballot seeking an increase in the Minimum Wage.
Additional Information:
Sponsor: Council Member Mildred C. Crump
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WHEREAS, the federal minimum wage was signed into law in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, at the height of the Great Depression; and

WHEREAS, the minimum wage increases consumer purchasing power, increases workers' standards of living, reduces poverty, and stimulates the economy; and

WHEREAS, the cost of living in New Jersey continues to rise, yet there has been no state legislative action approved to increase the minimum wage since 2005; and

WHEREAS, unlike New Jersey, 19 other states and the District of Columbia currently maintain a minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25; and

WHEREAS, 10 states provide for the annual adjustment of their minimum wage to ensure that the real value of the lowest paid workers' wages does not shrink as normal costs of living go up, and four of these states have amended their constitutions to do so; and

WHEREAS, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, 429,000 workers in New Jersey earn at or near the minimum wage, more than 350,000 are over the age of 20, 250,000 are women, 79,000 are men, 154,000 are Hispanic, 69,000 are Black and 31,000 are Asian; and

WHEREAS, because Governor Chris Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase this year, the state legislature voted to place the question before voters on the November 5, 2013 ballot to raise the minimum wage and adjust it annually according to the consumer price index; and

WHEREAS, by raising the standard of living through a higher minimum wage, New Jersey would likely realize various s...

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