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Minimum Wage Increase Approved In Assembly

Sacramento, CA — Legislation that would give 1.4 million minimum wage earners a one-dollar-an-hour pay raise and then tie their wages to increases in inflation has been approved by the Assembly.

The measure now moves to the Senate which plans to vote on an identical increase today.

Both bills would raise the minimum wage from $6.75 an hour to $7.75 an hour in two fifty-cent steps: the first on July first, 2007 and the second on July first, 2008. They would then require annual cost-of-living wage adjustments each subsequent January first to keep up with inflation.

Governor Schwarzenegger, who vetoed two previous attempts to raise the minimum wage, now supports the one-dollar increase, but he continues to oppose the automatic annual inflation adjustments.