California legislators should start paying Capitol interns: report

California’s elected officials have backed a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2023 but a new report says only a few of them pay their legislative interns.

“California has been such a leader in equity and labor issues, this is an opportunity to practice what we preach in our own halls,” said Victoria Pfau, who was an unpaid intern for state Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) in 2019.

Hundreds of interns work at the state’s Capitol and in district offices, according to a report from the nonprofit PayYourInterns, which advocates for paid internship programs nationwide, but less than 7 percent of elected officials pay their young talent.

The report also found

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