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Commission Will Take Months To Consider Wage Hike

Sacramento, CA — A state commission hastily convened today by Governor Schwarzenegger will take up to five months to decide whether to boost the state minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

The commission has a legal deadline for its politically charged decision just days before the governor faces re-election in November.

Schwarzenegger filled the dormant state commission with four Democrats before asking them to approve a dollar-an-hour minimum wage increase without the annual cost-of-living adjustments pushed by Democratic lawmakers.

The California Labor Federation has a competing petition asking the commission to tie the wage to the Consumer Price Index. The commission´s decision must come before November if the minimum wage is to increase January 1.