Senate Bill 3 for $15 California Minimum Wage Approved by Legislature

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In October, we blogged about Senate Bill 3(SB 3), which proposes that California raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced the increase in SB 3 because a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.He says it should be illegal to pay sub-poverty wages in California, and claims the wage increase would boost the economy. He claims that the state is currently subsidizing employers who pay sub-poverty wages because lower wages mean the state provides financial assistance to those low-income families.  He also believes that working families would spend more money in California communities.

Governor Jerry Brown has a different view on the minimum wage increase, and is opposing the bill that would raise California’s $9 minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1 and boost it again to $13 a year later.

(Read more: California Finance Office Opposed to Minimum Wage Hike)

The bill now proposes California’s minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour by 2022, and provide small business (25 or fewer employees) an extra year to comply.  Yesterday, SB 3 was approved by both houses of Legislature and now awaits approval by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday for it to become a reality.

This would cause California’s minimum wage to increase from its current $10 to $10.50 on January 1st of 2017.  Then it would raise to $11 in 2018, and continue to raise by $1 annually until 2022.

                                      

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