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?