$15 minimum wage qualifies for California’s November ballot

California minimum wage

A measure that will eventually increase California’s minimum wage to $15 has qualified to make its way onto the state’s ballot in November.

The initiative required 400,000 signatures to earn its spot on the ballot. California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, announced on Tuesday that the proposal had reached that threshold.

The proposal would hike California’s minimum wage from the current $10 to $11 on Jan. 1, 2017. The wage would then increase by $1 each year until reaching $15 in 2021.

Businesses in California already pay some of the highest minimum wages in the country.

The initiative’s supporters have until June 30 to pull it from consideration.

Another competing proposal calls for a $15 minimum wage by 2020. That proposal was filed by the advocacy group Fight for $15 and the SEIU California union.

Oregon recently passed a three-tiered minimum wage that will raise the wage to $14.75 in Portland, $13.50 in some counties and $12.50 in others by 2022.

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Other states have followed suit. In New York City workers at “large food” restaurants recently won their battle to secure a $15 per hour living wage.

Written by Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson is the Retail Editor at BusinessPundit. She focuses on Fortune 500 retail company's and disruptive brick-and-mortar and e-commerce companies that are changing the retail landscape. She can be reached at TammyJohnson@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240