A Last Minute Compromise Between State Legislative Leaders And Gov

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A last-minute compromise between state legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown has cleared the way for a bill that would significantly increase the minimum wage in California over the next 2 1/2 years. Not surprisingly, the California Chamber of Commerce called it a "job killer." The chamber is probably right about that to a degree; some employers will eliminate jobs, reduce hours or expand their payrolls more slowly as a consequence of the higher entry-level wage. But the measure will bring much-needed relief to thousands of Californians struggling to get by on the minimum wage today, as well as help the businesses where they 'll spend their extra dollars. Because the gains clearly offset the costs, Brown should sign the bill into law. California first set a minimum wage in 1916, 22 years before the federal government established a national one. The state 's minimum has gone up 25 times since then, rising to $8 in January 2008. On Thursday, the Legislature was expected to give final approval to a revised bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) that would raise the minimum to $9 in July 2014 and $10 in January 2016. The original version of the bill would have increased the minimum more gradually, reaching $9.25 in 2016, but with automatic cost-of-living increases in later years. It 's hard to say exactly how many Californians ' pay would go up with the new minimum — the government doesn 't report how many people in the state earn $8 to $10 an hour. The left-leaning

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