The Los Angeles Times reported the tentative deal, which Brown could announce as early as Monday, would raise the minimum from the current $10 per hour to $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018 and then by $1 per year through 2022. After that, further increases would be indexed to the inflation rate.
Small businesses — those with fewer than 25 employees — would have an extra year to comply with each upward increase.
The reported agreement comes a week after a ballot initiative raising the minimum wage to $15 was approved for the November general election. That would likely be withdrawn.
In June, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a measure that raises the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 — two years earlier than the Brown plan.
The Los Angeles ordinance boosts the wage in California’s largest city, but millions more Southland workers would be covered by a new state minimum.
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