Steinberg Supports Minimum Wage Increase; Critics Question Bill's Changes

Published On : 7/11/2013 8:28 AM
By : Ben Adler
From : CCN
Categories : State

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A bill that would raise California’s minimum wage has picked up a key endorsement but still faces strong opposition from business groups.

The minimum wage bill has already passed the Assembly – and has the support of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg:

“Our effort ought to always be towards helping more people enter the middle class.” 

The bill’s author dropped an annual cost-of-living increase in order to get the measure through the Assembly.  But he also amended it to add extra raises in future years beyond his original proposal – to 10 dollars an hour by 2018.  Jennifer Barrera is with the California Chamber of Commerce.  She acknowledges that Steinberg’s support will help – but thinks the raises will have to be limited to win passage.

“I think there is support for the idea of increasing the minimum wage.  But increasing the minimum wage in the current form that it’s in – I don’t know that there’s across-the-board support for that.”

The bill’s next hearing is in mid-August.

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