AB 1835

Per SF Gate and the San Jose Mercury News as well as various other newspapers across the country, in a move that the Guvernator calls a “common sense solution”, a deal has been reached to increase California’s minimum wage by $1.25 per hour over the next two years.

If approved by the legislature, the first phase will increase the current minimum wage by 75 cents in January 2007 and then by another 50 cents in January 2008 bringing the final total to $8.00 per hour, which is well above the federal minimum wage.

This increase is said to be a compromise between the Governor, who has vetoed two previous attempts to increase the California minimum wage and Democrats, who wanted the minimum wage to increase annually with inflation.

The bill, AB1835, will be heard by the Senate on Thursday, August 24 before going to the Assembly.

Stay tuned.

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