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Bill Handel

New California Laws

 
Posted July 1st, 2014 @ 6:45am

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect on Tuesday and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.

That amount will increase again to $10 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2016, under AB10, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last fall.

"This first modest increase will help put more money in the pockets of hardworking Californians to provide food, clothes and housing for their families," Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, said in a statement.

AB10 is one of several laws that take effect in July. Others will provide additional protections to victims of domestic violence, expand the state's paid family leave program, and give tax breaks to manufacturers.

California's minimum wage increase comes amid a national debate about low-wage workers who have seen their purchasing power decline in recent years.

President Barack Obama has pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but the proposal hasn't gained much traction. Instead, he has encouraged cities and states to raise those wages on their own.

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