LA could become latest US city to pass $15 minimum wage

Los Angeles Minimum Wage
Supporters applaud during the minimum wage increase vote as the Los Angeles City Council votes to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020, making it the largest city in the nation to do so, in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The measure approved Tuesday calls for small businesses with 25 or fewer employees to have an additional year to reach the $15 plateau. The council voted 14-1 after members of the public made impassioned statements for and against the plan. The increases begin with a wage of $10.50 in July 2016, followed by annual increases to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and then $15. Small businesses and nonprofits would be a year behind. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes )

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is set to take a final vote on becoming the latest big U.S. city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage.

The City Council is extremely likely to make the move Wednesday, and it has the endorsement of Mayor Eric Garcetti. It comes two weeks after a 14-1 preliminary vote on the wage.

The vote would bring a $15-an-hour wage by 2020 — more than double the current federal minimum.

Seattle and San Francisco recently passed laws to reach the same minimum wage over several years, and Chicago passed one last year that plateaus at $13.

Earlier this week, the California Senate approved a plan to again raise the statewide minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017 and tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

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