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Minimum Wage Deal Approved

 

Last updated 4/1/2016 at 10:34am



Despite opposition, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign a bill into law which will give California the highest minimum wage in the nation. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Mon. April, 4 in downtown Los Angeles.

"California is proving once again that it can get things done and help people get ahead," Brown said earlier this week when a deal with legislators was announced earlier this week. "This plan raises the minimum wage in a careful and responsible way and provides some flexibility if economic and budgetary conditions change."

Under the proposal, California's $10-an-hour minimum wage will increase to $10.50 in January 2017, then to $11 on Jan. 1, 2018. The minimum wage will then go up by a dollar in each of the following years until it reaches $15 in 2022, after which it will continue to rise each year by up to 3.5 percent to account for inflation.

Businesses with 25 or fewer employees get an extra year to raise their wage, so that workers will be paid $15 by 2023.

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