Estimated Impact of a Proposed Minimum Wage Law for the North Bay
North Bay Jobs with Justice, the North Bay Labor Council and other labor, environmental, and community organizations will propose a $15-an-hour citywide minimum wage by 2020 to the cities of Novato, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, and Santa Rosa. This paper analyzes the prospective impact of that proposal in the four North Bay counties—Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano. The proposal would raise the minimum wage in these cities on a faster timetable than the state as a whole (see Table 1). Under the proposal, the minimum wage would be raised to $12.75 on July 1, 2019, and to $15.00 on July 1, 2020. In Section 1 of this report, we estimate the effects of the wage increase on workers and businesses, and place the proposal in context with other local minimum wage laws. In Section 2, we review the economic research literature on the effects of minimum wage increases on workers, employment, and business operations.
Petaluma considers early adoption of $15 minimum wage
Petaluma Argus Courier | February 10, 2019
Sonoma City Council eyes $15 minimum wage
North Bay Business Journal | February 8, 2019
Sonoma’s City Council will study the movement toward a $15 minimum wage
Sonoma Index-Tribune | January 31, 2019
Novato to consider hastened minimum wage increase to $15 in 2020
Marin Independent Journal | January 17, 2019
Will Sebastopol adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2020?
Sonoma West Times & News | November 20, 2018
Close to Home: North Bay needs a $15 minimum wage
The Press Democrat | November 18, 2018