REACH OUT TO COMMITTEE CHAIR BEFORE NEXT HEARING IN LATE AUGUST
On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on AB 10 (Alejo), which now proposes to increase the state minimum wage from $8 to $10 over a five-year period.
Though the California Restaurant Association (CRA) is leading the opposition to AB 10 and successfully had the indexing provisions removed from the bill as it was being considered by the Assembly, Alejo has amended the bill in the Senate to have much more aggressive increases in the wage.
Specifically, the bill would raise the wage to $8.25 per hour in 2014, $8.75 in 2015, $9.25 in 2016, $9.50 in 2017 and $10 in 2018.
The Senate Appropriations Committee held a very thorough hearing of the proposed bill and voted to send the bill to the suspense file, where legislation that has considerable expense to the state government goes for further review. The Department of Finance came out in opposition of the bill as well.
It is expected that AB 10 will next be considered by the same committee during the last week of August.
As such, there is still time to reach out to the Senate Appropriations Committee head, Senator Kevin de Leon to let him know how the planned hikes will affect your business.
Send a pre-drafted letter to Senator de Leon now.