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LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis on raising the minimum wage




Current L.A. County Supervisor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaking at a conference in 2011
Current L.A. County Supervisor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaking at a conference in 2011
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors delayed a vote last Tuesday on raising the minimum wage in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The City of Los Angeles recently passed legislation that would gradually bring the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The County’s proposal follows the same time frame.

Supervisor Hilda Solis is considered a swing vote on the measure. At the Tuesday meeting, Solis, who is former Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration and a Democrat, called for the postponement. She told KPCC’s Brian Watt that some of her constituents had expressed concerns over the impact of the increase on their small “mom-and-pop” businesses.

A vote on the proposal is now scheduled for July 21.

Guest:

Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the First District, which includes the unincorporated areas of East Los Angeles, South San Gabriel, and Avocado Heights. She is former Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013