On August 4, 2006, the Industrial Welfare Commission 2006 Minimum Wage Board met to discuss various proposals, including a minimum wage increase. The group of thirteen included six employee representatives, six employer representatives, and a non-voting chair. A series of motions were introduced, and each failed with a 6-6 deadlock. The transcript and voting summary are posted on the IWC website.
The minimum raise increase that was discussed would have raised the minimum wage to $9.78 per hour. This odd amount was reached by determining the current value of the amount a single woman needed to earn to support herself in 1961, based upon a hypothetical formula ("Minnie's budget") used by labor representatives 45 years ago to determine the appropriate minimum hourly wage. The $9.78 figure represents the inflation-adjusted value of the 1961 sustaining level of $1.37.