The Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage Wages on!

The Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage Wages on!

Tyra Williams, Staff Writer

After years of debates and protest, minimum wage is officially raising to $15 in the states of California and New York.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday, April 4th, mandating that minimum wage will by $15 by 2022. Brown signed his legislature soon of New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed his and was cheered by labor unions moment after.

Brown, being named a fiscal moderate, was unsure if he really wanted to raise the wage but felt pressured after the “fight for 15” campaign. The only way Brown was able to comfortably sign the law was with a compromise that stated that Governor Brown was able to postpone a wage increase in the event of an economic downfall.

The wage raises caught the attention of presidential candidates, leading Bernie Sanders to speak out at a rally saying that he was “proud two of our largest states will be increasing the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. Brown agreed and stated that “morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.

The increases is happening in stages, starting with a statewide raise to $10.15 for businesses with 26 or more workers. The new law is expected to cause many low wage workers to go from $20,000 a year to around $30,000.

Hopefully many states will fall in suit and start to raise their minimum wage to a livable wage.