California, with Gov. Jerry Brown's signature Wednesday, increased its minimum wage to $10 in two steps by 2016, an increase he said will help working families.
California becomes the first state to raise its minimum wage to the $10 a hour threshold, with Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois and Minnesota considering similar legislation, the National Employment Law Center, based in Washington, said in a statement.
Brown added the increase in the minimum wage will provide much-needed assistance to working families and boost economic growth, the statement said.
The Law Center said the most rigorous economic research indicates raising a state's minimum wage boosts worker pay without creating job losses, even in regions with weak economies or high unemployment.
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