A proposal to gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour will be debated on the Assembly floor Thursday. The speaker's office says it will be taken up after a ceremony to mark Cesar Chavez Day.
The minimum wage increase won passage out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee Wednesday. It was the first and only committee hearing for the revised SB 3. The bill was originally authored by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno and then amended to incorporate the wage increase proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and labor unions.
The proposal has drawn opposition from business groups. The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled it a "job killer." And the California Restaurant Association’s Matt Sutton says businesses are already being overwhelmed with increasing costs and regulations.
“It’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act. It’s rising workers compensation rates, rising unemployment insurance taxes and," he says, "still trying to get hands around the latest minimum wage increase.”