Supporters of a bill to raise California's minimum wage, celebrate outside the state Senate Chamber after the measure was approved by the Senate Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California and New York are poised to become the highest-paid minimum-wage states in the nation after governors for both reached deals with lawmakers to raise the lowest amount a worker can be paid to a record-shattering $15 an hour.Across the country in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached a tentative deal late Thursday with his state's top lawmakers to also raise his state's minimum wage to $15 .California's current $10 an hour minimum wage is tied with Massachusetts for the highest among states.Democrats who control both legislative chambers in California hailed the increase as a boon to more than 2 million workers. Republicans, however, echoed fears from business owners and economists that California's annual increases -- eventually tied to inflation -- will compound the state's image as hostile to business.Brown was previously reluctant to raise California's base wage.About 2.2 million Californians now earn the minimum wage. The increases are projected to eventually cost California taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion annually for higher government employee pay.
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