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N.J. minimum wage increase called 'a step in the right direction'
Speaking on the minimum wage increase signed into law Feb. 4, Mary Inkrot, executive director of Mount Carmel Guild, Trenton, said, “I consider it a step in the right direction, but advocacy needs to continue for affordable housing and medical care … For those relying upon minimum wage jobs, I hope that their standard of living will improve.” Stock Image

Speaking on the minimum wage increase signed into law Feb. 4, Mary Inkrot, executive director of Mount Carmel Guild, Trenton, said, “I consider it a step in the right direction, but advocacy needs to continue for affordable housing and medical care … For those relying upon minimum wage jobs, I hope that their standard of living will improve.” Stock Image

New Jersey’s minimum wage earners will now see a steady increase to $15 an hour under a bill signed into state law Feb. 4 by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The long-debated increase will happen incrementally, with most of New Jersey’s low-wage workers seeing a rise to $10 an hour in July, and a jump of another $1 each January until reaching $15 an hour in 2024. The current rate is $8.85 an hour.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Voters asked to contact NJ governor to maintain nonpublic school funding in budget

On Tuesday, March 5, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will announce his budget for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.

The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families are asking voters to contact the governor’s office regarding funding items that affect students in nonpublic schools.

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Monday, March 4, 2019
Assisted suicide bill moves forward in Trenton

Pro-life advocates were dealt a setback Feb. 7 as legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to end their lives advanced in the state Legislature.

By a vote of 6-3, the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee voted in favor of the “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (S1072/A1504). It now goes to the Senate Budget Committee.

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Friday, February 8, 2019
Bishops' wisdom of a century ago rises to the fore in economic debate

WASHINGTON – Everything old is new again. Even if it’s 100 years old.

Some U.S. bishops, just months after the end of the Great War – better known today as World War I – met to assemble a proposal for a “reconstruction” program for the country now that the war had ended.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
SVDP and OLPH pantry take to Facebook to help furloughed employees
In response to the government shutdown and anticipated needs of furloughed government employees, St. Vincent de Paul Society conferences in the Diocese have responded in the Highlands area with a digital outreach. More ...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Government shutdown puts Catholic Charities' homelessness, domestic violence work at risk

The government shutdown has impacted a housing program run by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, leaving 27 homeless or recently homeless adults with an uncertain future.

The federal funding for Catholic Charities’ Rapid Rehousing program in Mercer County would have been renewed this month – but wasn’t because of the shutdown, which now exceeds 24 days. The emergency-housing program serves 17 single homeless adults, with another seven on the waiting list.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019



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