California governor supports $10 minimum wage
September 12, 2013
California 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.