Sunday, February 14, 2016

Should New Jersey raise its minimum wage?

READER POLL

Should New Jersey raise its minimum wage?

Yes, spending by better-paid workers will boost state’s economy
 
  423 (39.9%)
No, businesses say they’ll be forced to cut staff
 
  253 (23.9%)
Yes, but link any increases to inflation
 
  188 (17.8%)
No, wait until the overall economy improves
 
  195 (18.4%)
Total votes = 1059
Elsewhere on the site:
 
N.J. can't wait until 2013 to hike the minimum wage


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