Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 12, 2013

Lawmakers voted Thursday evening to send a measure boosting California’s minimum wage to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has already promised his signature.

The governor buoyed the effort to raise California’s minimum wage by announcing on Wednesday that he would support Assembly Bill 10. After a debate in which supporters frequently invoked a widening national gulf between rich and poor, the Assembly voted 51-25 to send Brown the bill.

Some lawmakers recounted growing up in households supported by parents making the legal minimum. Others sought to refute a common argument that minimum wage jobs largely go to young people just entering the workforce, speaking of constituents working multiple minimum-wage jobs.

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