Gov. Jerry Brown and the leaders of the California state Legislature announced strong support Wednesday for a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.
“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” Brown said in a statement. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”
Assemblyman Luis Alejo's (D-Salinas) bill, AB 10, would raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 an hour to $10.00 an hour. The bill passed the state Assembly in May and is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week.
UPDATE: The state Senate approved the minimum wage increase on Thursday. It is expected to win final approval from the Assembly later Thursday or Friday, before it goes to the governor. Brown has said he will sign the bill into law.
Alejo introduced similar bills in 2011 and 2012 that both died because of opposition by Republican members and business lobbyists, who called the proposal a "job killer."
Alejo's chief of staff, Marva Diaz, told The Huffington Post that this bill is stronger because the two leaders of the Legislature have been added as co-authors: Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).
Perez disputed the claim that raising the minimum wage would reduce jobs. “The real winner here is the economy. A $10 hour minimum wage boosts earnings by $4,000 a year and will put $2.6 billion dollars back into the hands of workers,” Pérez said in a statement. “This is money that will be spent at grocery stores, on school supplies and invested in education, and that ultimately strengthens the recovery and ensures California’s job market continues growing faster than the rest of the nation.”
I think that is a great idea. $7whatever is simply too low and has not kept up with inflation. Of course we are told daily we don't have any inflation.....when you strip out food and energy, but who uses those?
The state Senate voted 26-11 to pass Assembly Bill 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, will raise the minimum wage from $8 per hour today to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and then to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The Assembly was expected to concur in the Senate's amendments later Thursday.