Senator tries again for higher minimum wage hike

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 4, 2014

On the first day of the 2015-16 legislative session, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) proposed raising the state minimum wage. SB 3 increases the minimum wage in two stages to $13/hour by July 1, 2017 and ties future annual increases to inflation. The measure also allows for local jurisdictions to adopt higher wage thresholds.

Businesses are still grappling with the impact of the recent minimum wage hike that went into effect July 1, 2014. When fully implemented in 2016, California will already have one of the highest minimum wage thresholds in the nation at $10/hour. Discussions on raising that ceiling even higher are premature.

This bill, and other proposals like it, fail to consider the additional costs manufacturers will face in the near future, including higher energy costs, workers' compensation, regulatory fees and the costs related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

CMTA will continue to monitor this bill’s progress as it unfolds.

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