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Speaker Rendon Leads Historic Minimum Wage Legislation in California

(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly passes Senate Bill 3, historic legislation that would gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2022. Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) spearheaded the effort with his legislative colleagues, which would make California’s minimum wage the highest in the nation “We know that some who work full-time cannot put a roof over their heads or a meal on the table,” said Speaker Rendon. “Today, the California Legislature sent the strong message that if you work full time, your family shouldn’t have to live in poverty. Eight of the nine cities I represent have more than 20% of their residents living in poverty. This bill will change that reality for tens of thousands of families.”

Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Speaker Rendon’s comments on the Assembly Floor regarding SB 3. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement regarding the minimum wage deal:

"Raising the minimum wage to $15 is a hugely important issue for Assembly Democrats. As Speaker, I want to make sure everyone in our caucus has a chance to weigh in on the proposed agreement.

"For my part, I see a lot of good in the deal. It brings families out of poverty, helps minimum wage workers spend more in their local economies, and it's sensitive to the needs of business and the state budget.

"If we can come together behind this compromise, it will address the need to move to a $15 minimum wage while eliminating the chance that costly or competing campaigns could mean that no increase initiative passes."

Below are audio links from Speaker Rendon:

Speaker Rendon says he supports the minimum wage agreement. (:15)

Speaker Rendon says a "significant number" of Assembly Democrats are supportive of the minimum wage agreement. (:06)

Speaker Rendon says he would have preferred a faster track to $15/hour but says the deal reached over the weekend is a good compromise.  (:18)

Speaker Rendon says the minimum wage increase should not have a dramatic effect on the cost of goods and services.  (:12)