Thursday, March 31, 2016

Minimum Wage Hike Passes Legislature

State lawmakers have approved a measure to hike California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022, linking further hikes to the rate of inflation. That would put California’s minimum wage at twice the federal level. It marks a victory for “Fight for 15” activists, and will likely lead to an end to several ballot measures on the issue. Republican lawmakers say it will hurt small businesses and young workers, but Democrats say it’s a step toward bringing people out of poverty and reducing income inequality. Christopher Martinez files this report from Sacramento.