California Considers Highest Minimum Wage Of Any State

California may soon require the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state.

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill Monday to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2015, $12 per hour in 2016 and $13 per hour in 2017. Beginning in 2018, the state minimum wage would be adjusted annually with the rate of inflation.

"This issue has garnered interest across this country at a speed unimaginable," Leno told The Huffington Post. Leno's bill is co-authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and will be heard in