Mayor Pushes for LA County Wage Increase

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – The mayor urged Los Angeles County on Wednesday to “lift more than 1 million out of poverty” as it considers a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour.
     LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plea comes after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors postponed for four weeks a motion to create a minimum-wage law. If approved by the five-member board, the new ordinance would increase the minimum wage from $9 to $15 per hour by 2020.
     At the board’s long-awaited Wednesday morning hearing, Garcetti outlined the economic benefits of raising the minimum wage, noting that the costs of poverty place a heavy burden on governments and taxpayers.
     “I encourage you to move forward and lift more than one million people out of poverty,” Garcetti said.
     Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s recommendation would allow the county to create a minimum-wage ordinance for the board’s review, mirroring the wage increase Mayor Garcetti signed into law this month.
     The wage hike would apply to all nonprofits and businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county, beginning with an increase to $10.50 per hour next year.
     Employers with more than 26 employees will have two years to prepare for the annual increases, with the first rollout scheduled for July 1, 2017.

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