Deal Is Reached To Raise California’s Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

A deal was confirmed Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, California, to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15. A formal announcement of the deal should take place this coming Monday by Governor Jerry Brown.

This negotiated deal will boost California’s statewide minimum wage from $10 an hour to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, with a 50-cent increase in 2018 and then $1-per-year increases through 2022. Not exactly as fast-acting as some may have hoped, but it is still something.

Lawmakers and labor unions struck this “tentative” deal which averted a potential far pricier national political campaign come November, with California at the helm.

Hopefully this small step will convince other states to quickly follow suit!

[LA Times]