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How does a minimum wage hike hurt or help a city?




Fast food workers went on strike nation-wide to protest for a $15 minimum wage outside of the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.
Fast food workers went on strike nation-wide to protest for a $15 minimum wage outside of the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles city council could vote as early as Wednesday on a plan to hike the minimum wage.

It would specifically be for workers in big hotels, and it would boost their hourly pay to $15.37. Right now, hotel staff start anywhere from $9 to $12 an hour.

Some business owners say they wouldn't be able to stay afloat with a wage hike.

Chris Thornberg, principal at Beacon Economic, explains the impact an increased minimum wage has on a local economy.



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