CALIFORNIA – California lawmakers approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022.
The income divide has become a key issue across the U.S., with President Barack Obama proposing an increase to the federal minimum wage and the issue getting attention in the Democratic presidential primary.
The measure will raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 in January and to $11 in January 2018. It will then increase by an additional $1 per hour every year until it reaches $15 in 2022.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) released the following statement after the assembly passed SB 3, landmark legislation that raises California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023:
“It is important that we consistently evaluate whether California has the right mix of policies and programs to help small business be competitive and workers to have a livable wage. Every day, I talk to constituents who are struggling to make ends meet. They work two to three jobs and still can’t pay for housing, child care, food, transportation, and the other necessities of life. I believe that SB 3 will provide some assistance for California’s working poor.”
We spoke to an Arizona resident, who wishes Arizona would raise their minimum wage.
Jessica Garibay said, “I just heard and I don’t know what’s wrong with Arizona.”
If, however, the state goes through an economic downturn or budget crisis, the governor may choose to slow the implementation.
The final bill gives small businesses, with 25 or fewer employees, an extra year to implement the increases.