On Thursday March 31st, 2016 the California State Assembly and State Senate both approved a bill to increase the California minimum wage to $15 an hour. The state's current minimum wage is $10 an hour, and it will change to $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018, and will have a $1 increase until it reaches $15 in 2022.
This was huge because California became the first state to approve a $15 minimum wage, while the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. Obviously, California is a much more expensive state to live in compared to somewhere like Idaho where the minimum wage is the country's lowest at $7.25 an hour.
Of course with this increase, there are critics who believe this bill was rushed. With California being the first state to approve this high of an increase, there are worries for the some of the poorer counties who are already struggling. To try to help ease this plan into affect, the state has agreed to give smaller businesses, who have less than 25 workers, one year before this law goes into action. Giving them until 2023 to reach the state's minimum wage.
If you would like to educate yourself even further on this news, visit this link to CNN's take on the recent minimum wage approval. Here is a video from the Speaker of the State Assembly Anthony Rendon, talking about this historic moment and why it is such a significant change.
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