The hourly minimum wage in California rose to $14 on Jan. 1, and will climb to $15 in 2023.
Firms with 25 workers or less have an extra year to raise the minimum wage to $15. Upon the minimum wage reaching $15 for all hourly employees, there will be annual adjustments for cost of living increases.
In the midst of a severe economic and public health crisis, what do business groups think of this minimum wage hike trend?
“The cost to operate a small business in California increases every day,” Amanda Blackwood, president and CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, told The Center Square in an email, “and that has only escalated because of the pandemic. Our workforce needs a workable wage, but a statewide mandate is not the only answer.”
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. approved the gradual phase-in of the state minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2016. California is one of 24 states to hike the minimum wage effective Jan. 1.
According to U.S. News & World Report, California’s $14 hour wage for large employers is the highest minimum wage across the U.S. in 2021. California has a high cost of living, notably...