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Plan to raise LA’s minimum wage heads to council for decision




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The proposal to raise LA’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020, from its current $9 dollars an hour is closer to becoming a reality.

The Los Angeles City council is expected to decide early next week whether or not they will advance the proposal on to the city attorney to draft as an ordinance.  The plan to increase minimum wage has been in a holding pattern for months, as studies were done to measure the impacts of raising the minimum wage.

We’ll look at both sides of issue and what the next steps will be if the plan is approved.

Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president for public policy and political affairs for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce joins us to discuss study findings and what some of the negative implications are in raising the minimum wage.

We’ll also hear from Michael Reich, professor at UC Berkeley and director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley on who would benefit from the raise and the research behind it.

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Los Angeles Minimum Wage Proposal

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Guests:

Ruben Gonzalez, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Political Affairs for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Michael Reich, Professor at UC Berkeley and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley, Author of "When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level” and lead member of the UC Berkeley team that was chosen by the Los Angeles City Council to assess its minimum wage proposals