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Los Angeles City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15/Hour By 2020

By an overwhelming majority vote, the Los Angeles city council today chose to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2020. It is possibly the biggest victory for the "Fight For $15" movement to date, which has seen success in other cities like San Francisco and Oakland.

I have written many posts about how I am in favor of raising the minimum wage. So I am happy this is happening in my hometown. However, I am a little concerned about the fact that exemptions for smaller businesses and non-profits were not included. At least thus far. Although it is worth pointing out that small businesses have a longer time to adjust to the wage increases.

I think as more and more cities see wages go up, the movement will see more and more success across the nation. So far, so good. The minimum wage is long overdue for a raise.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on May 20, 2015, 12:07 AM

I am glad the city of L.A. did not include any exemptions for the law. Why should any business or organization be exempt from paying their workers the same as all other businesses.

Paulie wrote on May 20, 2015, 12:09 AM

$15 by 2020 is definitely an improvement. In Thailand, the minimum wage is about 75 cents per hour!

SoundNFury wrote on May 20, 2015, 12:53 AM

Because major corporations have an easier time handling the pay increases, than the small businesses do. I think there should either be exemptions or possibly tax breaks for small businesses, to ensure the least possible loss of business.

SoundNFury wrote on May 20, 2015, 12:53 AM

Wow. Yes, it is definitely progress, even though it will take five years.

Soonerdad3 wrote on May 20, 2015, 7:44 AM

No way, all businesses should be forced to adhere to the law. If they cannot handle it they should not be in business, that is what you said in a previous post on the topic of raising the minimum wage.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 20, 2015, 9:54 AM

For once I have to agree with Sound N Fury. Small businesses struggle to survive and even liberals realize small business owners aren't necessarily millionaires. That mom and pop store is barely making it and coughing up a couple more bucks an hour for an employee can be a hardship. Of course, that's one of the arguments conservatives use against minimum wage because it could cause small businesses to lay off or reduce hours and it's should be noted McDonald's are franchises independently owned therefore small businesses. We will eventually learn who is right. If businesses start laying off and reducing hours big time, then libs can eat crow. If there are no adverse affects, then great for employees.

SoundNFury wrote on May 20, 2015, 11:23 AM

In a general sense of most employers, yes. But does that mean we can't try to be reasonable when implementing this kind of law? It's called compromise.

Soonerdad3 wrote on May 20, 2015, 1:35 PM

I agree with you JohnRoberts ,but my comment was based on a response SoundNFury used to respond to a comment I made on an earlier post of his dealing with this same subject.

Kat- wrote on May 20, 2015, 5:38 PM

Unfortunately with no exemptions, the small businesses will become ever smaller or end up folding because they can't afford the increase. While I do agree people deserve a living wage, I think the focus should be on why the cost of living has been allowed to skyrocket the way it has and something needs to be done about either lowering it or at least slow it down.

SoundNFury wrote on May 20, 2015, 10:34 PM

Yes, the cost of living is outrageous for far too many people.

Bensen32 wrote on May 23, 2015, 2:24 AM

I see the comment about the cost of living being so high....So when minimum wage goes up to $15 an hour do you think the cost of living is going to stay the same? I hope I am wrong but all those businesses who have to fork out much more to the minimum wage employees will be increasing their prices to cover those extra cost so in turn the cost of living will go up. When employers labor cost go up do you think they are just going to eat those cost and not pass it on to the consumer? My guess is no.