Democratic Senator Mark Leno is backing a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017and tie it to inflation in the following years.
Business groups lobbied against last year's increase, arguing that it will drive up costs. Leno said he knows businesses owners may balk at another increase.
“But keep in mind that the benefit to increasing the minimum wage is that it does create greater stability in the workforce," he said. "It’s expensive when employees regularly leave because they can’t survive on the salaries they’re receiving.”
Nationally, President Barack Obama said he’s raising the federal minimum wage for some workers. And conservative activist Ron Unz has garnered attention recently for pushing California to raise the wage.
The increase recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown increases the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionThursday, February 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenTuesday, February 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
A man drew a weapon during routine security screening at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center and was shot by police, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference. No officers were injured, he added.