The California Senate voted this week to increase the state’s minimum wage from its current $9 per hour to $11 per hour in 2016 and $13 per hour in 2017. The measure heads to the State Assembly and, if approved there, to the governor. Of course, the move would only benefit those living outside of cities (such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland) that haven’t already approved higher minimum wages.
Does it make me sound old to say my first job as a lawyer paid less than $13 per hour?
Updated September 10, 2015: The bill has stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and its passage seems highly unlikely.