California to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
The increase will boost the wages of about 6.5 million California residents, or 43% of the state’s workforce, who earn less than $15, according to worker group Fight for $15.
“This plan raises the minimum wage in a careful and responsible way and provides some flexibility if economic and budgetary conditions change,” Governor Brown said. He can temporarily suspend the hikes in the event of poor economic conditions or a large budget deficit.
About a dozen cities have approved bumps in their minimum wages to $15, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and several other municipalities in California.
California’s minimum wage would rise to $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018 and a dollar each year through 2022. ■