(NEWSER– California looks set to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country: $10 an hour. The state Legislature backed the move last night, voting 51-25 in favor of it after the state Senate had approved it 26-11. Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll sign the bill despite earlier concerns, Reuters notes; he was convinced when lawmakers agreed the hike wouldn't take full effect until 2016. "The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs," Brown said. "This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy."

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