$10 minimum wage will be a reality in California within the next three years. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will raise the minimum wage over $2 higher than it stands today by Jan. 1, 2016. According to United Press International on Sept. 13, 2013, the state will have the highest minimum wage in the country.
The measure, called AB10, raises the minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014, and again to $10 on Jan 1, 2016.
The $10 minimum wage was supported by unions but opposed by business groups. Lobbyists for businesses argued that by raising the wage to high, too fast would kill job creation. Advocates for the new law said that it would put an additional $4,000 into the pockets of those likely to spend it most and actually help the economy. More than 90 percent of workers who make minimum wage in California are over the age of 20.
Recently fast food workers held protests in Los Angeles and nationwide. They were asking for a $15 federal minimum wage and were attempting to unionize as well. Although they have not yet achieved their goals, the new California law makes strides in the right direction.
A $10 minimum wage in California will put it ahead of Washington state and Oregon, making the U.S. West coast the highest paying region in the country. Washington automatically increases its minimum wage to keep up with inflation each year.
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