Sept. 13--GO WEST, Young Man -- that's where the minimum wage money is, as California lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that raises the rate of pay for the most menial jobs.
It's now $10 an hour, and will be phased in over the next three years, making it the best-paying minimum wage state in the nation, The Associated Press reported. The state's existing minimum wage is $8 an hour.
Washington was the highest minimum wage paying state, at $9.19 per hour. Federal law sets a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, AP reported.
Some cities in California, such as San Francisco, already offered more than the minimum $8 demanded by state law. The bill was passed legislators on a party-line vote, with the Chamber of Commerce calling it out as an economic drain.
"We have tagged it as a job killer, given the increased costs businesses will be faced with," said Jennifer Barrera, a spokeswoman for the Chamber, prior to the legislators' vote, AP reported.
Gov. Jerry Brown still has to sign the minimum wage measure for it to take effect, but he's already stated his support.
(c)2013 The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Visit The Washington Times (Washington, DC) at www.washingtontimes.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services
Original headline: California passes minimum wage hike to $10 an hour
Most Popular Stories
- Criminal Investigation Opened Into James Foley's Death
- Koch Brothers Took Genes, Money in Different Directions
- Rocket Explodes During U.S. Test Flight
- Short-Term Loans Comes at a Heavy Price
- Is Diversity in the Eye of the Beholder?
- Apple Stock Bounces Back Big Time
- 'Mythbusters' Build Team Gets the Boot
- Jennifer Lopez Would Marry Again
- Florida Judge Rules in Favor of GOP Voter Map
- Investors Betting on ECB Stimulus Measures