Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A $13 Minimum Wage in California?

Legislation introduced in Sacramento would substantially increase paychecks.

With cities across the Bay Area approving minimum wage hikes at the ballot box, state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is proposing upping the state minimum wage to $13 by 2017.
Leno introduced legislation Monday that would raise the state minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016, to $13 in 2017 and begin annual inflation-based adjustments in 2019.
Under current law, the state minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. The minimum wage in some Bay Area cities is already set to rise more than that.
Last month, Oakland voters approved a minimum wage hike to $12.25 effective in March and San Francisco voters approved a gradual rise to a $15 minimum wage in 2018. The Berkeley City Council also enacted an ordinance this year to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.53 on Oct. 1, 2016.
A statement from Leno’s office lauded the local efforts, but lamented that a quarter of California residents live in poverty.
“Raising incomes for millions of Californians will reduce poverty and provide them a better shot at the American Dream,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said in a statement. “Senator Leno’s measure will make sure this opportunity is real for all of California’s minimum wage workers.” By Bea Karnes (patch.com)

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