Republicans and other critics say the state-level increases will force some businesses to replace workers with technology and even shut down in the face of rising costs.
By email, Oliver Bernstein described calculations like our own; he said the claim holds up.
A deal to raise California’s minimum wage to an hour by 2022 was reached Monday by Gov.
Jerry Brown and state legislators, making the nation's largest state the first to lift base earnings to that level and propelling a campaign to lift the pay floor nationally.
The Democratic Party adopted a minimum in its platform and Sen. Hillary Clinton has said she backs a pay floor.
Proposals to increase the federal minimum wage from .25 an hour to about have been blocked by Republicans in Congress.