New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) today vetoed an increase in the minimum wage that was passed by the state’s Democratic senate. Using what’s known as a “conditional veto,” Christie sent the bill back saying he would sign it if certain changes were made, including: shrinking the increase from $8.50 to $8.25 per hour, phasing it in over three years, and eliminating a provision tying the wage to inflation.
Think Progress writes that “Christie’s veto, in essence, is saying that he believes a $1 increase in the wage over three years is sufficient. As … New Jersey Policy Perspective noted, ‘the first year increase proposed by the governor of 25 cents will be erased by inflation by the time the third year kicks in its 25 cents.’”
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