California's New Minimum Wage Increase Will be the Nation's Highest

Earlier this month, fast food workers in Los Angeles came together to protest for a higher hourly minimum wage, and it appears their effort was a success.

On Wednesday morning, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill called AB 10, approving a $2 minimum wage increase. This boost would make California's minimum wage the highest in the United States.

"It’s a special day to stand with workers who are laboring for all of us and laboring at a very low wage. Turning that wage into a $10 an hour wage is a wonderful thing," said Gov. Brown before signing AB 10 in a Los Angeles ceremony. "It’s my goal and it’s my moral responsibility to do what I can to make our society more harmonious, to make our social fabric tighter and closer and to work toward a solidarity that every day appears to become more distant."

According to a release from, AB 10 will raise California’s minimum wage in two one-dollar increments, from $8 per hour today to $9 per hour, effective July 1, 2014 and from $9 per hour to $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016.