The plan the raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 passed both houses of the state legislature on Thursday, according to Reuters. The measure now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
VendingMarketWatch.com reported earlier this week that the increase would happen incrementally. The minimum wage will rise to $10.50 in 2017, $11 per hour in 2018, and increase $1 per year to reach $15 per hour by 2022.
Industry veteran and California business owner Pete Tullio of Gourmet Coffee Service told VendingMarketWatch.com that he does not see any impact on his business or its customer base with the increase. “Both the city and county of Los Angeles, as well as San Diego and San Francisco, have already passed laws raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The legislature is merely trying to get the rest of the state in line, and in fact extended the time frame to 2022. The restaurant industry will be impacted more than most. Considering the slow, graduated introduction of the increased wage, most business affected should be able to plan for any impact it may have.”