Today, in an effort to continue to fight for the proper implementation of New Jersey’s minimum wage legislation, I have mailed 46 letters to the high court and a variety of elected officials.
Within each envelope is a printout from the United States Department of Labor which explains that there is, in fact, a difference between the consumer price index and the cost of living. In 2013, NJ voters approved of annual adjustments to the minimum wage based upon increases in the cost of living. However, the legislation that was written following the referendum adjusted the minimum wage to increases in the consumer price index; an entirely different measure of inflation.
I’ve addressed one of the letters to the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
And I have addressed 43 letters to the following State Legislators from all corners of the State and of all party affiliations: Senator Jeff Van Drew, Senator Jim Whelan, Senator Fred Madden, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, Senator James Beach, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, Senator Diane Allen, Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Senator Dawn Addiego, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Shirley Turner, Senator Bob Smith, Assemblyman Joe Danielson, Assemblyman Joseph Egan, Senator Joseph Vitale, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Senator Raymond Lesniack, Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., Senator Michael Doherty, Senator Richard Codey, Senator Ronald Rice, Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Senator Nicholas Sacco, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, Senator Brian Stack, Senator Nia Gill, Senator Nellie Pou, Senator Paul Sarlo, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Assemblyman Timothy Eustace, Assemblyman Joseph Lagana, Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Robert Auth, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Senator Kevin O’ Toole, Senator Nicholas Scutari, and Senator James Holzapfel.
I have addressed a different letter to Senator Sweeney, due to his response to my initial inquiry, as seen below.
In the last paragraph of his letter, Senator Sweeney points out exactly what the issue is. Therefore, in my letter back to him, I ask what will be done about this error? It seems as though the Senate President and I are in agreement.
We shall see what happens.