1 of 7 The New Jersey school board voted on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
That would be the highest in the nation.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on a challenge to a $15 minimum wage in New York City.
The New York Times reports that the high court’s ruling is expected this week.
If the justices’ ruling stands, it will effectively end a decades-long push by Democratic presidents and the Republican-led Congress to raise the minimum wage.
The Fight for $15 A group that seeks to raise $15 per hour in New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Washington state, and other cities has been pushing for the minimum since 2009.
This campaign has helped fuel the push for a $10 minimum wage for the first time in 20 years, according to the National Employment Law Project, which represents many of the companies that have signed on to the cause.
The minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour for full-time workers, and is set to rise to $9.50 on April 15.
The New Jersey minimum wage would be more than twice as high as that of the state’s largest city, Newark, which already has a $11.50 hourly wage.
The minimum wage, currently set at $7,000 per year for full time workers, would jump to $8,300 for a full-timers and $10,400 for part-timters.
At the moment, the federal minimum wage stands at $9 per hour and the state minimum is set at just under $10 per month.
But there are plenty of other states with higher minimum wages than New Jersey.
In some cases, the minimum is higher.
According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, New Jersey has the highest minimum wage at $11,800, followed by Washington state at $10 and California at $13 per hour and the District at $14.50 per hour (more than double the federal rate).
States like Vermont and Connecticut also have minimum wages higher than New York’s $7 minimum.