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.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is up with a new TV ad that criticizes Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.