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(Sacramento) – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) discusses the California minimum wage increase that will occur on July 1, 2014. The second increase to the minimum wage to $10 per hour will take place on January 1, 2016.

A full transcript is below. This week’s address is :56


“This is the Democratic weekly address from the Assembly Democratic Caucus.”

Assemblymember Luis Alejo:
“This is Assemblymember Luis Alejo.

Next Tuesday, the California minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour. The last time it was increased was in 2008.

This first modest increase will help put more money in the pockets of hardworking Californians to provide food, clothing, and housing for their families—which will generate consumer spending for a much needed boost to the economy.

Those at the lower end of the income spectrum are struggling with the rising cost of goods and services while many middle-class families continue to slip down the economic ladder.

Californians deserve a fair shot at living the American Dream. I’m proud to have authored this legislation raising the minimum wage on behalf of hard working families in California. Now is the time to rebuild the middle class. Now is the time to raise the minimum wage.

This is Assemblymember Luis Alejo. Thanks for listening.”

Website of Assemblymember Alejo:

CONTACT: John de los Angeles (916) 319-2030