Governor Jerry Brown will travel to downtown Los Angeles Monday to sign the state’s landmark minimum wage bill, which was fast-tracked through the legislature this week.
This follows Thursday’s Assembly vote 48-26 in favor of the bill, trailed by the Senate’s 26-12 approval later in the day.
The bill signing in the city is a fitting setting given moves made last year by the city of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour in a multi-year rollout.
It will serve as a test case for statewide minimum wage policy once the bill is signed into law. The state’s minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour by 2022, beginning with incremental increases that start Jan. 1, 2017 when the starting wage rises from $10 to $10.50 per hour.
The bill was on an expedited timetable in the legislature following Monday’s announcement that Brown had reached a deal over the weekend with labor groups on a plan to raise the minimum wage, fighting off two separate union-backed measures that could have gone before voters in November.
One of the key sticking points of negotiations was the state’s ability to be able to provide “off-ramps” in the event of a deficit or negative job and sales tax growth. In such case, the state would have the ability to hit the pause button on the scheduled wage increase.