Pelosi Statement on Signing of California’s $15 Minimum Wage Law

Apr 4, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement today after California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that increases California’s minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2022: 

“Today is a monumental victory in the lives of millions and millions of hard-working families across our state.  With this law, California has affirmed the bedrock idea of fairness in our country: that hard work deserves a decent wage.  Thanks to the leadership of Governor Brown, the Legislature, and advocates up and down California, millions of hard-working Californians are looking toward a future of bigger paychecks and greater possibilities. 

“Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at a scant $7.25 for nearly seven years.  While we have secured vital progress for the workers of California, hard-working families across America are still waiting for a long-overdue pay raise.  As California leads the way toward bigger paychecks for working families, the need for Congressional action is clearer than ever.

“Our economy works best when it works for everyone, not just the wealthy and privileged few.  When families have more money to spend, we strengthen consumer demand, create more good-paying jobs, and grow our economy.  It’s time for Republicans to join Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage, lift millions of out of poverty, and generate billions of dollars in increased economic activity for our communities.”

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