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.