minimum wage http://kvpr.org en California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-holds-joint-fast-food-wages-hearing <div><p>California lawmakers are looking at the cost fast food jobs might pass on to state taxpayers. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, Wednesday’s hearing was based on a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.</p></div><p>The study estimates that more than half of full-time fast food workers rely on public assistance, which costs California taxpayers more than $700 million per year. The Center’s Ken Jacobs says the study contradicts a lot of assumptions about the average fast food worker.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:32:28 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 24512 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/minimum-wage-deal-california-capitol <p class="p1">It looks like California’s minimum wage will go up next year for the first time since 2008.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on the deal announced today by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.</p><p class="p3">Under the deal, California’s $8-an-hour minimum wage would rise to $9 in July of next year, and then to $10 in January of 2016.&nbsp; That’s a faster pace than the original bill that’s been moving through the legislature this year.&nbsp; But it does not include automatic adjustments for inflation, as was previously proposed.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:24:24 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21434 at http://kvpr.org Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol Assembly Approves Minimum Wage Increase http://kvpr.org/post/assembly-approves-minimum-wage-increase <p>California’s minimum wage would go up for the first time in six years under a bill passed by the state Assembly today. Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s measure would raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9.25 over the next three years – with cost-of-living adjustments each year after that.</p><p>“It’s been six long years – six long years - since we’ve raised the minimum wage here in California.&nbsp; It’s been locked in at $8 an hour, when we know the price of rent, of clothing, of food, has all gone up during that time,” says Alejo.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:51:53 +0000 Ben Adler 15988 at http://kvpr.org Assembly Approves Minimum Wage Increase California Legislature to Consider Minimum Wage Increase http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-consider-minimum-wage-increase <p></p><p>President Obama’s call for increasing the minimum wage&nbsp;in his State of the Union address this month &nbsp;could face a tough road in Congress.&nbsp; But a proposal in the California legislature could stand a better chance.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>California’s current minimum wage is eight dollars an hour.&nbsp; A bill at the State Capitol would bump it up gradually over the next several years to $9.25 an hour … then require annual increases for inflation.&nbsp; UC Berkeley labor economist Sylvia Allegretto says too many Californians are underpaid:</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:39:42 +0000 Ben Adler 11060 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature to Consider Minimum Wage Increase