Gov. Jerry Brown says he supports a bill in the Legislature that would boost the California minimum wage next year and in 2016 by a total of $2 an hour.
The bill, AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), is now before the state Senate and must win final passage from the Legislature before a Friday recess.
“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” the governor said in a statement released by his office. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”
The bill is opposed by a coalition of employers, including the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Retailers Assn. and the California Restaurant Assn.
AB 10 would raise the current $8-an-hour minimum wage to $9 on July 1, 2014, and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.