Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation (AB 10) to increase California's minimum wage to $10 an hour. This will be the highest minimum wage in the U.S., followed by Washington at $9.29 per hour.
The legislation increases the current state minimum wage of $8 an hour to $9 on July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Legislation passed in the both the Senate and Assembly.
Governor Brown said, "The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs. This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy."