California to Raise Minimum Wage to $10 Per Hour

Full Increase Starts January 2016

Ryan Carmel, NewsChannel 3 This Morning Anchor & Weathercaster, rcarmel@keyt.com
POSTED: 03:31 PM PDT Sep 25, 2013    UPDATED: 08:56 PM PDT Sep 25, 2013 
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Gov.  Jerry Brown has just signed into law a bill that hikes California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within the next three years.

The governor signed the bill at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday.

The measure will raise the current minimum of $8 an hour to $9 next July, and then to $10 an hour by January 2016.

The governor said it's an effort to help working-class families.

"It's a matter of justice and it goes with Proposition 30 last year to bring us all just a little bit closer as Californians," said Brown.

It's the first increase in California's minimum wage in six years.

But, many restaurant owners say their industry is in for a big shake up because much of their staff is minimum-wage tipped employees.