A small business group is rallying against another minimum wage increase, saying it will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The National Federation of Independent Business says raising the wage to $13 an hour could lead to 323,000 layoffs over the next ten years.
Director John Kabateck says small companies can't shoulder the long-term cost and lawmakers are missing the point.
"It's intended to be a temporary wage, not a long term wage. And, frankly, this is one of those examples where the legislature just doesn't get it," he said.
A bill that's passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the Assembly would raise the wage to $13 by 2017.
San Francisco, as a city, is exploring a $15 minimum wage.