Mar 28, 2016 6:05 PM by News Staff
The National Federation of Independent Business is warning against plans by Democratic and labor leaders to boost California's minimum wage to the highest in the nation.
The group says increasing the hourly minimum from the current $10 to $15 by 2022 would add to an already onerous burden on small businesses.
Republican Chad Mayes, the Assembly minority leader, said Monday that the increase could wind up harming low- and middle-income workers by adding to the overall cost of living.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who negotiated the deal, says business will have little choice but to eventually accept the proposed legislation. That's because it is more conservative than alternatives pushed by labor organizations.
One union-backed initiative has already qualified for the ballot. A second, competing measure is also trying to qualify.