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Dec 30, 2013 7:23 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

California minimum wage increase set for July 2014

People who earn minimum wage in California will get a pay raise in 2014, but they will not see a change on their paycheck until July 1. Minimum wage workers in the Golden State will earn one dollar more than they do now jumping from $8.00 an hour to $9.00, which means more money in their pocketbooks for the New Year. "People are going to feel more empowered. They are going to have money to spend," said Café Noire Assistant Manager Candyce Estave. Estave says she loves working at a local shop, but says living on minimum wage isn't easy, especially for a mother of two. "People have to work extra hard to make money to support their families. The price of gas, you can't go anywhere, you can't do anything if we don't make any money, and we are living paycheck to paycheck," said Estave. Starting in 2014, minimum wage workers like Estave will have a higher paycheck. "The cost of living in California is really high, so to make more money is just awesome," said Estave. The state legislature passed a bill this fall that would raise the state's minimum wage in two steps from $9.00 an hour next year and then to $10.00 in 2016. Estave says she's looking forward to a raise. "And maybe with a little more money we can go out and have a cup of coffee and go to lunch or treat ourselves to that little bit of something extra," said Estave. But Ivan Villasenor says he's worried the cost of his cup of coffee will go up. "If raising the minimum wage also leads to an increase in the price of the products that's when it starts getting unbalanced you know," said Villasenor. Estave says more money in people's pockets is good for business. "It stimulates our economy and people are more likely to come in with a little more money," said Estave. Next year, a total of 21 states will pay their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 The United States started minimum wage in 1938 at .25 cents an hour.

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