California city votes for $12.30 minimum wage

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Updated: 3/19 5:47 pm

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city is on track to have the highest minimum wage in California.

The Richmond City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would raise minimum hourly pay in the city to $12.30 an hour by 2017.

That would be nearly $2 more than San Francisco's current minimum wage, which is the highest in the region.

The state minimum wage is set to increase to $10 an hour in January 2016.

The Contra Costa Times reports that most of the 30 or so residents who spoke at the Richmond council meeting were in favor of raising the minimum wage.

But at least one business owner said it would make it difficult for him to add jobs.

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