Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

What Should be Done About the Minimum Wage? Question of the Week

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From Southern California cities to Washington, D.C., the campaign to increase the minimum wage is getting maximum exposure these days.

President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress want to increase the national minimum from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the City Council is studying a proposal by three members to expand L.A.’s minimum-wage laws by requiring $15.37 an hour for employees of local hotels with more than 100 rooms. And in Long Beach, the City Council voted last month to raise the bottom rate to $13.26 an hour for contracted workers at the airport and convention center — though for many, the law wouldn’t begin to pay off until 2022.

Any of those new minimums would leapfrog California’s minimum, scheduled to rise from $8 to $9 in July and $10 in 2016.

Our Question of the Week for readers is: What, if anything, should be done about the minimum wage?

• Category: California • Tags: Editorial