California Senate Approves Plan To Raise Minimum Wage to $13 an Hour

  27 July 2016

The California Senate has approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is $9 an hour and in 2016, will rise to $10 an hour. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. According to Leno, the current minimum wage, earned by 8 million workers, does not reflect the cost of living in California. Senators approved the bill on a 23-15 vote, sending it to the state Assembly. Republicans opposed the legislation. Read more here.