Sacramento, CA, United States (4E) – California’s Assembly has passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 until 2016.
Assembly Bill 10 authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) passed on a 51-25 vote on Thursday amends Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code relating to wages. It provides for a $1 increase on July 1, 2014 and another $1 increase on Jan. 1, 2016.
The bill introduced in December 2012 originally provides for a $1.50 increase spread out from 2014 to 2017. It was first amended in the state Senate on June 13.
The last legislated wage increase in the state was six years ago and the latest comes amid clamors by fast food restaurant workers for a $15 minimum wage increase.
Democrats backed the bill saying it will help workers survive the effects of the recession and stimulate the economy by promoting spending among workers. Gov. Jerry Brown said it will help working class families while Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) said it was a moral imperative, according to ABC News.
Republicans, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Restaurant Association opposed the bill fearing it will lead to layoffs.
The federally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 and some states and cities require minimum wage from $9 to $10.