The Latest: California governor hails minimum wage proposal

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the proposed increase in California's minimum wage (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown is hailing as a matter of economic justice a proposal to make California the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15.

The Democratic governor joined legislative and labor leaders Monday in announcing an agreement to raise the rate gradually to $15 an hour by January 2022.

Senate leader Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, says the increase will aid nearly 6 million Californians.

He and Brown touted the proposal as California leading the way on easing income equality.

Businesses with fewer than 25 employees would get an additional year to phase in the increases. The governor could pause the increases in times of budgetary or economic downturns.

Wages would increase to keep up with inflation after 2023.


11:50 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown and other California leaders are discussing for the first time what his office is calling a "landmark deal" to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Democratic governor plans to outline on Monday a tentative agreement he reached with labor unions to boost the state's minimum wage from $10.

The increase would give California by far the largest statewide minimum wage.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says that if an agreement is finalized, it would go before lawmakers by replacing his minimum-wage bill that stalled last year.

Legislative approval of a minimum-wage package would avoid taking the issue to the ballot. One union-backed initiative has already qualified for the ballot, and a second, competing measure is also trying to qualify.