City Council President Todd Gloria says his proposed ballot measure to boost San Diego’s minimum wage to $13.09 per hour over the next three years “would have a major, positive economic impact for workers and their families and on the San Diego economy.”
“To those who fear losing their businesses, please remember that these additional wages will be spent by workers on necessities like food and services — it will go right back into San Diego’s economy.”The current minimum wage is $8 per hour, but the state plans to increase the minimum to $9 an hour in July and to $10 an hour in two years.
If voters pass the initiative in November, the minimum wage in San Diego will go to $11.09 in July 2015, to $12.09 in July 2016 and to $13.09 in July 2017, according to Gloria.
Former Mayor Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that his organization supports a federal move to increase the minimum wage, which would set a nationwide standard.
“The proposal to create a separate minimum wage in the city of San Diego and significantly increase the rate well in excess of what has been adopted by the state of California not only puts San Diego at a competitive and economic disadvantage, it would also hurt the very workforce the proponents are purporting to help,” Sanders said.
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