In a move catapulting California into uncharted national territory, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday a six-year plan to boost the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour, promising that millions of low-wage workers would receive the help they desperately need.
“It’s a matter of economic justice. It makes sense,” Brown said at a news conference at the state Capitol, surrounded by Democratic leaders of the Legislature and those from some of the state’s most prominent labor unions.
The agreement, first reported by The Times on Saturday, would reinforce California’s position as having the highest minimum wage of any state. It also sets in motion a series of important political and policy changes. Most pressing, the brokered deal is expected to cancel two separate labor-sponsored efforts at placing a wage hike initiative on the November ballot.
“I’m hoping that what happens in California will not stay in California, but will spread all across the country,” Brown said.
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