Senator Mark Leno Proposes Raising State Minimum Wage to $13 by 2017

With cities across the Bay Area approving minimum wage hikes at the ballot box, state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is proposing upping the state minimum wage to $13 by 2017.

Leno introduced legislation today that would raise the state minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016, to $13 in 2017 and begin annual inflation-based adjustments in 2019.

Under current law, the state minimum wage will increase $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016.

The minimum wage in some Bay Area cities is already set to rise more than that. Last month, Oakland voters approved a minimum wage hike to $12.25 effective in March and San Francisco voters approved a gradual rise to a $15 minimum wage in 2018.

The Berkeley City Council also enacted an ordinance this year to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.53 on Oct. 1, 2016.

A statement from Leno’s office today lauded the local efforts, but lamented that a quarter of California residents live in poverty.

“Raising incomes for millions of Californians will reduce poverty and provide them a better shot at the American Dream,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said in a statement. “Senator Leno’s measure will make sure this opportunity is real for all of California’s minimum wage workers.”

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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  • Rebecca Gardner

    If the minimum wage kept up with inflation it would be $21.72/hr today. We need a law that mandates the minimum wage can not fall behind inflation. Enough of this catering to the 1%.

    It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. The American Dream is dead.

  • pam tent

    It seems that the only people not getting decent COLA raises are Social Security recipients. What happens to the elderly when businesses raise their prices to cover the additional labor costs.