Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.
The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an hour will be lifted to $9 on July 1, 2014, and then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.
Brown put his signature to the legislation Wednesday in front of workers at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles. He called it his “moral responsibility” to give Californians a chance to earn a living wage.
“Our society over the last 30 years … has experienced a growing gap between those who do work at the bottom and those who occupy the commanding heights of the economy,” he said.
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