BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
A bill in the state assembly aims to raise the minimum wage in stages over the next several years.
It’s a hot topic in the race for the 16th State Senate district seat.
A bill in the state assembly would raise California’s minimum wage from $8.00 an hour to $8.25 an hour in January.
Then there would fifty cent increases every year until it reaches $9.25 in 2016.
After that the minimum wage would be attached to the cost of living.
Most of the candidates for the 16th district state senate seat are in favor of the increase.
Two of the candidates say the current bill is good, but it’s not enough.
Democrat Francisco Ramirez says a living wage is about $11 an hour.
Mohammad Arif of the peace and freedom party says it should be closer to $16 an hour.
Those in favor of the increase say they don’t believe it will hurt small business or the economy.
We made repeated requests to Republican Andy Vidak's campaign for an interview but have yet to hear back.
In the recent candidate debate Vidak was asked about his stance and he said what good is a minimum wage when people don’t have jobs.