Gov. Jerry Brown said he would sign a bill that approves California’s minimum wage boost to $10 an hour by 2016.
The current minimum wage of $8 would raise to $9 an hour next July and to $10 on Jan 1, 2016.
California has the eighth-highest minimum wage in the country. Washington state has the highest at $9.19 an hour, followed by Oregon at $8.95 and Vermont at $8.60. Nevada, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Illinois all have minimum wages of $8.25 an hour.
Only 19 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws setting their local minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25 an hour.