The Senate voted this week to allow a question on the November ballots, asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment, calling for an immediate $1 increase in the minimum wage, followed by annual adjustments tied to the consumer price index.
Within the next few weeks the Assembly is expected to pass a similar resolution. Once the lower house votes the ballot question will be a virtual certainty since the governor does not have the power to intervene. As part of a coalition of leading business groups, CIANJ has strenuously opposed the wage increase and especially the CPI indexing. New Jersey would be out of step with most states and the entire Northeast region, if it supports indexing. It is also extraordinary that New Jersey would amend its constitution for a labor question.