LIVE VIDEO: Channel 3 News Weekends    Watch
 

California minimum wage to be $10 an hour by 2016

10:19 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
DOWNLOAD OUR FREE WKYC APPS
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's legislature has passed a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

Washington state currently has the top minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, an amount that is pegged to rise with inflation. 

Some cities, including San Francisco, have slightly higher minimum wages.

The state Senate approved AB10 on a 26-11 vote and the Assembly followed hours later on a 51-25 vote, both largely along party lines. 

Gov. Jerry Brown indicated earlier this week that he would sign the bill, calling it an overdue piece of legislation that would help working-class families.

The bill would gradually raise California's minimum wage from the current $8 an hour to $10 by 2016.

It would be the first increase in the state's minimum wage in six years. 

It comes amid a national debate over whether it is fair to pay fast-food workers, retail clerks and others wages so low that they often have to work second or third jobs.

Associated Press

Most Watched Videos