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Sacramento, CA -- There is a renewed effort in Sacramento to increase California's minimum wage.
The current state minimum wage is set at $8, but AB 10 would increase it to $8.25 in 2014, $8.75 in 2015, and $9.25 by 2016. Because of the support of Democratic lawmakers, the proposal passed on party lines through the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee this week.
The bill's author, Assemblyman Luis Alejo stated, "It has already been six years in California where there has been no raise at all. The minimum wage has been stuck at eight dollars an hour, and in the meantime, our neighbors in Nevada, Oregon and Washington have increased the minimum wage above California."
Washington has the nation's highest minimum wage at $9.19. To view a list of other states, click here.
All of the Republicans in the committee voted against the measure. The bill is also receiving opposition from pro-business groups who argue that it could result in employers having to layoff some workers.
Written by BJ Hansen
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