Sacramento, CA — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing a $1-an-hour increase in the state´s minimum wage over two years.
But some Democrats say it´s not enough. Others within the governor´s own Republican party are angered that he proposed the increase at all, fearing it will hurt businesses.
Whatever the proposal´s ultimate fate, the modest increase is likely to provide only a slight improvement to those living on then margins in the nation´s costliest state.
Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation last fall that would have boosted the minimum wage a dollar an hour by July 2007.
But in his State of the State speech last month, the governor said the economy has improved enough that the state´s minimum wage needed to be increased over the next two years.
His office is trying to negotiate a compromise with the Legislature´s Democratic leaders. The last boost came in 2002, when California´s minimum wage was increased by 50 cents an hour.