Just when you thought you heard it all about cities proposing their own minimum wage with councilmen in San Diego wearing shorts and fishing shirts in order to vote, http://www.sandiegoemployeelawyer.com/minimum-wage/,Los Angeles’ newly elected mayor has made the grand proclamation he shall raise the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour in Los Angeles over the next three years. If this measure is passed Los Angeles minimum wage will go to $10.25 an hour immediately (whenever that is), and then increase by $1.50 the next two years. Then in 2017 Los Angeles’ minimum wage will rise to the consumer price index for metropolitan Los Angeles (is that something easily determined?).
Is the mayor’s proposal a dream? Is this measure merely designed to lead to businesses being clueless what the then existing minimum wage is, and for them to be purchasing boundary maps to see if their business is in Los Angeles, an unincorporated area of the city, or a city such as Burbank which unbeknownst to management in Ohio is a separate city? Are employees going to get fired because they complain they are not being paid minimum wage, but they do not exactly get it right when asserting what the minimum wage is in Los Angeles?
So far all of this is just about Los Angeles, but there are a whole lot more cities and businesses in California subject to minimum wages other than the normal $9.00 an hour California statewide minimum wage.
Are all of these hikes being proposed to garner previously unregistered minority voters or young people who suddenly realize their elected Politian got them more money for every hour they work, or tried to do so? One sure wonders. While all of these minimum wage hikes are admirable, 46% of Los Angeles’ workers make less than $15.00 per hour. This does not suggest minimum wage should be $15.00 an hour. It makes a $15.00 an hour minimum wage closer to the median earned by all workers. Is this an ambition that only the state or federal government can have? Stay tuned for my next report on minimum wage.
In a recent minimum wage debate it was suggested my comments were susceptible to, maybe minimum wage should be handled on a statewide or federal level. It was suggested the cost of living is different in various cities so they should have different minimum wages. These recent developments in city minimum wages raise serious issues about what minimum wage is, what it should be, and who should enforce it.
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