CA Minimum Wage Ties To Inflation Under New Proposal

The state senate has now approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage, and tie it to inflation. State lawmakers passed the bill Thursday, sending it to the assembly. The bill's author, democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it's needed, to help lift people out of poverty. California's current minimum wage is $8 an hour, and will rise to $9 an hour starting in July. It goes up to $10 an hour in 2016. Under Leno's bill, it would go to $11 an hour in 2015, $12 an hour in 2016, and $13 an hour in 2017. After that, it would automatically adjust to inflation. Republican lawmakers argue the state should focus on building job skills.