The Corner

L.A. Mayor to Propose $13.25 Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti is working on a proposal, to be released on Labor Day, that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 an hour over the next three years. Garcetti’s office will not confirm the plan, but insiders tell the L.A. Times that the current minimum wage ($9) would jump immediately to $10.25, then increase by to $13.25 by 2017, after which it would grow proportionally with the area’s consumer-price index.

City activists aren’t even satisfied with that: They hope to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour via ballot measure, and some L.A. city-council members are preparing a plan that would pay workers at the city’s largest hotels $15.37 an hour.

In June, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.

With all this progress on the West Coast, President Obama’s $10.10 proposal is beginning to look, well, conservative. 

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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