California governor supports $10 minimum wage

September 12, 2013

moneyCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he supports a bill in the legislature to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. [Huffington Post]

“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” Brown said in a statement. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”

AB 10, which passed the Assembly in May, would raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 an hour to $10.00 an hour. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.

Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has also endorsed the proposal.

Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, who authored the bill, introduced similar proposals in 2011 and 2012 to raise the minimum wage, but they died due to heavy opposition. Republican legislators and business lobbyists called the proposal a “job killer.”

California has one of the highest minimum wages in the country, but it has not increased since 2008.

AB 10 would raise the minimum wage to $9 on July 1, 2014 and to $10 on January 1, 2016.




  1. mustangglp says:

    Back in the day, a person worked 2 even 3 jobs to support their families if their primary job did not pay enough.

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  2. mrcyberdoc says:

    Now this is going to upset the balance of trade since so much of that money is sent to relatives in Mexico.

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  3. shelworth says:

    You can’t explain economic theory here to people with no foundational education. I remember once hearing a lecture by JPL scientist and he told us that the space shuttle uses 50% of it’s fuel to go the first 80 feet. And I, being the funny guy I am, said “why don’t they just shoot it off of an 80 foot hill?”. You know what?, a lot of people thought that was a great idea.

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    • jrstone says:

      That’s a real leap shelworth, and one that has probably insulted just about everyone that posts here; “no foundational education”? Really? It doesn’t take a person with a degree in economics to know that $8.00 an hour just doesn’t get the job done anymore and hasn’t in recent memory. Or, that a minimum wage doesn’t compute to a livable wage. Or, that big business and corporate America do not care or have the average working persons best interest in mind. The only education needed here is the one that knows one and one makes two and things right now just don’t add up! Besides, the bean counters and money changers have created a language all their own, just like lawyers, where the average person/worker just doesn’t have a clue as to it meanings, a much intended purpose in my humble opinion. Keeping us in the dark and feeding us shit, i.e. current economic and legal language, has worked for decades now in keeping what I see as a collective autocracy in power and keeping us, the individual, from true independence.

      When things become so complicated as to alienate the masses it’s time to change things… just sayin’!

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      • shelworth says:

        sigh, minimum wage was never meant to be a “livable wage”, it was meant for training, teenagers, people with no experience, etc. Minimum wage is to encourage companies to hire unskilled people and give them skills for the workplace. Raise the minimum wage and prices for goods and services will rise, in effect lowering everyone’s wages.

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