California Gov. Jerry Brown has struck a deal with top lawmakers and labor leaders that will see his state's minimum wage rise to $15 an hour by 2022 -- a major victory for minimum-wage campaigners and one that could benefit more than a third of the state's workers. "This is a very big deal for low-wage workers in California, for their families and for their children," says Ken Jacobs, chairman of UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education.
SeaTac, Wash., has not seen a drop in business licenses or sales and property taxes since the city passed a $15-an-hour minimum-wage law about a year ago, city manager Todd Cutts says. The state Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether the law applies to Port of Seattle workers at Sea-Tac Airport.
Connecticut lawmakers are meeting in a special session today to discuss Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto of a 35 cent minimum-wage raise. While many businesses are increasing wages on their own -- many by about 25 cents an hour -- the business community generally denounces a mandated increase now while energy and gasoline prices are spiraling. "If you talk to most small business owners, they already pay above minimum wage," said Andy Markowski, Connecticut state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.