California Minimum Wage Increasing to $10 in 2016
Posted on October 11, 2013
OAKLAND - Acting to help California's working families, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. has signed AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which will raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour.
"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," said Governor Brown 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."
AB 10 will raise California's minimum wage in two one-dollar increments, from $8 per hour today to $9 per hour, effective July 1, 2014 and from $9 per hour to $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016.
Governor Brown worked diligently with the bill's author and legislative leaders over the past month to secure passage of AB 10.
The $10 minimum wage in California will be the highest in the country. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour which last increased on July 24, 2009.