By Michael P. Neufeld
Sacramento, CA – On September 23, 2013, Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown signed Assembly Bill 10, which will raise California’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour over the next three years.
The two representatives who represented the mountain communities at the time of the signing — State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands/23) and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks/33) — voted against the increase.
“It’s a special day to stand with workers who are laboring for all of us and laboring at a very low wage. Turning that wage into a $10 an hour wage is a wonderful thing,” Brown stated prior to signing AB 10 in Los Angeles. “It’s my goal and it’s my moral responsibility to do what I can to make our society more harmonious, to make our social fabric tighter and closer and to work toward a solidarity that every day appears to become more distant.”
Effective July 1, 2014
A.B. 10 – MINIMUM WAGE – (D-Luis Alejo-Watsonville/30) – Under this bill, California’s minimum wage will now go to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014. On January 1, 2016, the minimum wage will become $10 per hour. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. The hike in the minimum wage on July 1 will be the first increase in six years in California.
Currently, 19 states have minimum wages set higher than the federal level of $7.25 per hour. On January 1, 13 states saw hikes in the minimum wage raising that number to 21, boosting the incomes of 2.5 million low-wage American workers.