California Minimum Wage 2017: Lawmakers, Labor Unions Reach Agreement To Raise Minimum To $15 An Hour

John Houck - Author

Mar. 27 2016, Updated 5:14 a.m. ET

The minimum wage in California will rise to $10.50 per hour in 2017 and then gradually to $15 over the next few years. On Saturday afternoon, a deal was made between lawmakers and labor unions to increase the statewide minimum wage. The deal is expected to be officially announced on Monday by Governor Jerry Brown.

“This is an issue I’ve been working on for many years,” Senator Mark Leno said. “The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating earnestly and in good faith for some time.”

While the governor signed a bill to increase the minimum wage in 2013, he has since fought efforts to raise it further. The governor has expressed fear that additional increases would put a strain on the state’s already stressed budget and a damper on economic growth.

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