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California Legislature Approves Plan to Increase Minimum Wage to $15

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Protesters in South Los Angeles agitated for a $15 statewide minimum wage. (Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

In a move that puts the state at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country, state lawmakers approved a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, a move that will boost the paychecks of millions of workers in California.

The Senate voted 26-12 — with loud cheers of “Si se puede” from the gallery above — to give final approval and send the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk less than one week after the legislative compromise was reached on the matter. Brown will sign the wage hike into law in Los Angeles on Monday.

“At its core, this proposal is about fairness,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said just before the vote. “This is historic, and today I am proud to be a Californian.”

The plan passed the state Assembly earlier in the day 48-26, receiving broad support from Democratic lawmakers who called the compromise effort an important step forward for California. No Assembly Republicans voted in favor of the increase. Opponents complained it was rushed and did not include a wide group at the negotiating table.

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