$15 minimum wage qualifies for California's November ballot

Mar 22, 2016 9:47 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A proposal to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 has qualified for the November ballot.

California's current minimum wage is among the highest in the nation at $10 an hour. The measure certified by the secretary of state Tuesday would raise it by $1 each of the next five years.

Backers of a competing minimum wage proposal are still collecting signatures. That plan would raise wages to $15 by 2020, a year earlier, and provide six paid sick days annually.

Businesses and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown have said such a steep wage increase would be incredibly costly.


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