California Minimum Wage Increases to $10 in 2016

California Minimum Wage Increases to $10 in 2016

As of Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage throughout the state of California increased from $9 to $10.1 This increase, which will reportedly cost the state about $250 million, has been lauded by labor leaders and advocates, as well as by some lawmakers.

In fact, Gov. Jerry Brown has remarked that lawmakers had a “moral responsibility” to increase the minimum wage to $10 in 2016 and, in doing so, help full-time minimum wage earners move another step away from poverty.

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has expressed similar support for the statewide minimum wage increase, stating that:

Our bottom line is it should not be legal to pay a sub-poverty wage in California… [A minimum wage increase would] lift up poor Californians and reward all hardworking employees with the resources they need to put food on the table for their families.

Although there are not currently any additional statewide minimum wage increases planned for the coming years in California, voters in the state may change that this November. That is because voters will have the chance to vote on two initiatives2, both proposing to increase the state minimum wage to $15 over the next few years.

Los Angeles, San Francisco to See Additional Minimum Wage Increases in the Coming Years

As workers, employers, legislators and labor advocates remain poised to see if additional statewide minimum wage hikes will be approved by voters this November, some larger counties in the state – including Los Angeles and San Francisco counties – have already approved annualized minimum wage increases that would bring the minimum wage up to $15:

  • By 2020 in Los Angeles
  • By 2018 in San Francisco.

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1: According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
2: California $15 Minimum Wage Initiatives