(Sacramento) – California is seeing a promising economic recovery during the last two years. However, some Californians who have jobs cannot support their families because they only earn minimum wage, which is currently $8.00 an hour. California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) knows that a higher minimum wage will stimulate California’s growing economy and help struggling families. That’s why Speaker Pérez is in full support of Assembly Bill 10, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). AB 10 would raise California’s minimum wage to $9.00 an hour in July 2014, then to $10.00 an hour in January 2016. Speaker Pérez says now is the perfect time to raise our state’s minimum wage so more California families can reap the benefits of our state’s economic recovery.
“In the last year California has grown approximately one million jobs,” Speaker Pérez stated in a speech just prior to a successful Assembly Floor vote on AB 10. He continued, “Our revenue is coming in faster than all but one other state. We are growing jobs faster than any other state. And our recovery is happening faster than 44 other states.”
Speaker Pérez also noted that the other states that are currently doing better than California, have higher minimum wages. After successfully passing in both the Assembly and the Senate, AB 10 now heads to Governor Jerry Brown, who has stated his support for the bill. Learn more about AB 10 in this Assembly Access Video. http://www.asmdc.org/speaker