California will raise the state minimum wage Tuesday by $1, to $9 per hour, the next step toward an eventual increase to $10 an hour by 2016. State lawmakers approved the wage increase in September, which allows for a gradual increase designed to ease the impact on businesses. Angie Pappas, director of communications for the California Restaurant Association, said restaurant operators are ready for the wage hike, but menu price increases will likely help offset the increased labor ...

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