Senator Leyva: Raise California’s Minimum Wage!

Proud to Jointly Author SB 3 on First Day in Office

Monday, December 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, newly sworn-in Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) jointly authored timely and important legislation that will raise California’s minimum wage to $13 in 2017.

With the ultimate goal of improving the day-to-day quality of life for California’s low wage workers and their families, SB 3 would raise the state’s minimum wage—from the current $9 an hour—to $11 per hour in 2016, and $13 per hour in 2017. This bill also includes annual adjustments for inflation beginning in 2019.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Though California’s current minimum wage is $9 per hour, it only translates into a full-time minimum wage worker earning approximately $18,000 annually.

“Though California’s unemployment rate is now 7.3 percent and greater numbers of Inland Empire residents are finally finding jobs, there is no doubt that our state’s lowest paid workers are still struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families,” Senator Leyva said. “I am proud to jointly author SB 3 since it will ensure that someone working full time does not live in poverty and will boost their purchasing power to pay for life’s essentials, including food, housing and clothing. I am particularly honored to sign on in support of this important legislation on my very first day in office since it affirms my ongoing commitment to improving the lives of hardworking Californians, particularly those living in the 20th State Senate District.”

SB 3 is jointly authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Women’s Foundation of California and several other labor and community-based organizations throughout California.