- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Jersey City is raising the minimum wage of hundreds of city workers to $15 an hour.

The Jersey Journal reports (https://bit.ly/21wNhqT ) that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop issued an executive order on Monday that raises the minimum wage of roughly 500 city employees.

New Jersey’s minimum wage is currently $8.38 an hour, or just over $17,400 a year for a full-time employee.

Jersey City’s wage hike comes less than a month after Democratic legislative leaders proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Fulop’s order affects largely low-wage full-time workers, including 911 dispatchers and crossing guards. The change is effective Monday.

A city spokeswoman says the hike will cost about $1 million a year. This year’s proposed city budget doesn’t include a tax hike.

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Information from: The Jersey Journal , https://www.nj.com/jjournal

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