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California Legislative Panel Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - A state legislative committee has approved a plan to raise California's minimum wage again and tie future increases to inflation.

The Assembly's labor committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco.

Leno's SB3 would raise California's minimum wage to $11 in 2016 and $13 in 2017, then tie the minimum wage to inflation starting in 2019. He says his bill is needed to keep up with the cost of living. It already passed the Senate.

California already has one of the nation's highest minimum wage rates. It is $9 an hour and will rise to $10 an hour in 2016.

The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled Leno's bill a "job killer," saying it would lead companies to slow hiring.