The Same New Jersey That Re-elected Christie Also Voted to Raise the Minimum Wage
While the minimum wage stagnates at the federal level — where it would be over $10 an hour if it had kept up with inflation since the late 1960s — states and local communities have been taking matters into their own hands. Voters approved a raise in Albuquerque, NM; San Jose, CA; and Long Beach, CA in the 2012 election. Supporters are pushing for higher wages in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and South Dakota either through ballot measures or by pressuring lawmakers.
The results on Tuesday were a mixed ba,g but before Republicans go celebrating their return from the wilderness, they might want to look at issues like the minimum wage and equal pay, as indicators of where voters are and what’s driving them.