A $10 minimum wage bill will be signed in California in an effort to keep up with rising costs. Minimum wage workers in California will earn $10 an hour by 2016 under a passed by California's legislature on Thursday. This will make California the first state with the highest minimum wage rate.
NBC News reports Sept. 13, that as it stands, the minimum wage in California will go from the current rate of $8 an hour to $9 in July 2014, and in January 2016 to $10 an hour.
"The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs," Governor Jerry Brown (D), said in his statement. "This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy."
Brown initially opposed the $10 minimum wage bill until leaders of both houses in the state's legislature settled on postponing the effective date 2016 for the wage increase.
Some Republicans are concerned about the new minimum wage hurting smaller businesses with the increase and argue some workers may lose their jobs over it.
No other state in the U.S. pays a $10 minimum wage per hour. Washington state has the current highest minimum wage rate at $9.19 per hour.
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