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Councilman Bonin Says L.A. Should Explore Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

The California minimum wage is $8 an hour and is set to go to $9 in July and $10 by 2016.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A Los Angeles councilman said today he believes Los Angeles should follow in the footsteps of Seattle in exploring a $15 per hour minimum wage.

"I was glad that the city of Seattle has begun to move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage," Councilman Mike Bonin told Video News West at Los Angeles City Hall. "I've always thought that's what we need to be doing here in Los Angeles."

Seattle's City Council voted Monday to implement the higher wage over three to seven years, depending on the size of the business, starting April 1, 2015.

In February, the Los Angeles City Council committee ordered a study of the economic effects of raising the minimum wage to $15.37 for hotel workers in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City Council members Nury Martinez and Curren Price Jr. joined with Bonin in support of the wage increase for hotel workers to help lift thousands out of poverty.

Bonin said the proposal should be ready to move forward soon, and that he is mindful that any increase in the minimum wage needs to be done with care.

"You want to make sure that you put it in place at a pace and at a scope with the phasing that doesn't harm jobs and economic activity, but at the same time takes care of those who are working, but living below the poverty line," Bonin said.

Bonin said he believed it may be time for a $15 national minimum wage as well.

The California minimum wage is $8 an hour and is set to go to $9 in July and $10 by 2016.

—City News Service
Naked Toad June 04, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Why stop at $15 an hour. Lets make everyone who puts in a 40 hour week millionaires. Let's set the minimum wage at $480.77 per hour and no one will ever be impoverished again. Every one will be millionaires. This is so absurd. There has never been a time when boosting the minimum wage has lifted anyone out of poverty. It can't because the new minimum simply costs jobs until the economy can re-adjust to the new poverty line. Anyone who suggests that a minimum wage at any amount will create a "living wage" is either an idiot or pandering for votes from idiots.
Cris25 June 04, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Yea why stop at 15$ right? This is such a bad idea, maybe this is the reason why Australia is better off and was able to pull through the recession with a 15$ living wage. This isn't intended to make everyone "millionaires," if thats your concern then how about getting at the rich CEOs putting their money in the Cayman islands to cheat off taxes and increase their salary when they feel like it. When consumer demand grows, businesses thrive, earn more profits, and create more jobs. Lets stop the dwindling of the middle class.
Naked Toad June 04, 2014 at 03:26 PM
@Cris25, the reason that Australia is better off is that they did not export most of their manufacturing and many service jobs out of the country. As far as I know they actually have some import tariffs in place. The world is not a level playing field and can not be treated as such. Also, this complaint about CEOs' salaries is always made by those who do not understand basic math. For example look at Walmart. The CEO makes nearly $20,000,000 annually. The average annual income is a little over $20,000. If you took CEO's entire salary and divided it evenly among the other 2,000,000+ employees you could not even give them a 1¢ per hour raise. It is not his salary that is the limiting factor in the wages of the other employees. It is the companies income and expenses. The only way to keep money off shore and avoid paying taxes on it is to earn it off shore. If it is earned in a country where there is an income tax, the tax on the money is paid there. You, Cris25, yes you personally, are entitled to investing money with foreign companies and keep your earnings off shore. You then have to spend that money off shore as well. If you bring it into the country it will be taxed as income.

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