$15 Minimum Wage

The Fairness Project worked with the Lift Up California coalition on a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for 6 million Californians by collecting the 365,880 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, which inspired Gov. Jerry Brown and the California legislature to directly enact the $15 wage. As a result, the initiative was withdrawn. The minimum wage will gradually increase from $10 an hour in 2016 to $15 an hour in 2022. Both Brown and legislative leaders said publicly that the new law was in direct response to the minimum wage initiative qualifying for the ballot. The law also indexes the wage to inflation once it hits $15 an hour, up to 3.5% a year.