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California minimum wage hike will cost 190k jobs, according to conservative think tank

California's planned increase of its minimum wage to $10 an hour will cost the state 190,000 jobs, a new report from the conservative think tank American Action Forum estimates.

If a $10 minimum wage were implemented in all 50 states, according to AAF’s analysis, 2.3 million new jobs would be lost across the country.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law raising the state’s minimum wage to $9 by next year and and to $10 by 2016. That would be the highest rate in the country. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.

President Obama identified raising the minimum wage as a goal in his State of the Union Address. Obama called for raising the rate to $9 and indexing it for inflation. Some Congressional Democrats have proposed setting it at $10.10.


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