Higher low for wages?

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to propose a $1 increase in the state’s minimum wage after vetoing similar legislation this year, a further indication that he is cultivating a more moderate image as he begins his re-election year. An aide to the governor said the proposal would be included in Schwarzenegger’s State of the State speech Thursday. Under the plan, the hourly wage would rise from $6.75 to $7.25 in September and to $7.75 in July 2007. Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill last September that would have provided the same wage increase but also mandated automatic hikes to keep pace with inflation. In his veto message, the governor said he believed it was time to raise the minimum wage but did not support the annual increase. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The new proposal does not include an automatic yearly increase. California’s minimum wage was last increased in 2002, when it rose by 50 cents an hour. The state’s lowest-paid workers already get more than the federal minimum of $5.15 per hour, but are paid less than other West Coast states. Oregon’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while Washington’s is $7.35. California governors typically trickle out details of their annual budget plan before it is submitted to the Legislature in early January. Attempts to reach Schwarzenegger’s communications officers for comment about the minimum-wage proposal were not immediately returned. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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