SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NEWSnet/AP) — Lawmakers in California have agreed to delay a minimum wage increase for 426,000 health care workers, to help balance the state's budget.

The agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders is part of a plan to reduce a $46 billion shortfall.

Health care workers were set to get a raise July 1, part of a goal to increase pay to $25 per hour over the next decade.

If approved by the Legislature next week, they could get that raise on Oct. 15, but only if California's revenue July-September is at least 3% higher than what officials estimate. If that threshold isn’t met, the raise could be delayed until Jan. 1.

Minimum wage for most people in California is $16 per hour. Minimum wage for most fast food workers in the state is $20 per hour, a mandate that began in April.

Increasing wages for health workers is more complex, because of budget impact. California employs some health care workers, and it also pays for medical benefits through the state's Medicaid program.

The Newsom administration previously said the wage increase would cost the state $2 billion. If delayed until January, it will cost the general fund $600 million.

The agreement would approve $297.9 billion in spending over the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Newsom and legislative leaders agreed to $16 billion in cuts.

Lawmakers are likely to vote on the budget this week.

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