Effort to Raise California Minimum Wage to $13 Fails

Statewide minimum wage won't be raised to $13 this year.

California's minimum wage isn't going anywhere.

An effort to raise the state minimum wage to $13 failed after key Democrats in Sacramento skipped the vote, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, had been pushing the effort to raise the minimum wage across the entire state at the same time cities in the Bay Area are mulling their own efforts to raise the local minimum wage.

But after intense lobbying from the state Chamber of Commerce and a national business group, Democrats like Asm. Luis Alejo of Salinas -- who authored last year's bill to raise the state minimum wage to $10 -- decided not to vote on Leno's proposal in a committee hearing.

Leno's effort was one vote short.

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