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Group Pushing For Higher Sacramento Minimum Wage

  

A group pushing for a higher minimum wage in Sacramento will hold a community forum Wednesday night.

Right now the minimum wage is $9 an hour. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment wants to raise it to $15.

Critics such as Republican state Senator Jeff Stone of Murrieta say that'll hurt businesses.

But David Mazarigos with the alliance says they're proposing a gradual increase over the next six years.

"To make sure that we phase it in accordingly to non-profits, to small business shops and stuff like that," says Mazarigos. "I mean basically what we want to do is make sure that this is something that benefits the community as a whole -- workers and small business owners included."

The forum will be at the Tahoe Park Community Center on 8th Avenue. It starts at 6 p.m.

Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department announced its opposition to a statewide minimum wage bill citing significant new costs.

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Steve Milne

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Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio 

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