California's Minimum Wage

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, September 13 2013 at 10:14 PM, Updated: Fri, September 13 2013 at 11:31 PM

Californians just trying to get by might be getting some extra help.

"I think its great im a single mother I could use the extra money."

Thursday California lawmakers voted for a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage from eight dollars to ten dollars by 2016.

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign off on the wage hike any day now.

"I think its about time."

Some small business owners in Yreka are on board.

"It would be nice to hire and employee and pay them that much."

 But others say a raise in pay also means a raise in expenses.

"Business owners will have to reduce the number of workers they have if they have to spend more money."

"In addition to spending more on paying workers.. the affordable health care act kicks in next year.

The Wall Street Journal  reports that any business with 50 employees or more must provide health care coverage or pay a fine.

Iif governor brown signs the bill, California would be the highest paid state in the country.

California hasn't seen a hike in minimum wage since 2008.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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