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March 19, 2015 / By Daniel Flaming, Halil Toros, Yvonne Yen Liu, Patrick Burns, Lucero Herrera, UCLA Labor Center, Tia Koonse, UCLA Labor Center, Saba Waheed, UCLA Labor Center and Robert Habans, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Underwriter: Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

You can download the full report, executive summary, or infographic.
Los Angeles evokes images of year-round sunshine and celebrity, for many, a dream city of wealth and possibility.  Yet, in reality, half of L.A. residents living in poverty are employed.  723,000 Angeleno workers earn less than $15.25 an hour.

This report assesses the benefits and consequences of raising Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $15.25 per hour.  The result will be an economic stimulus of $5.9 billion and more cash in the pockets for families to survive.  Paying fair wages will be adjustment for some, but the result will be a bigger, sustainable and more inclusive economy for Los Angeles.

We recommend the following best practices for a smart, enforceable policy:

  • Phase minimum wage increases to allow the city to adapt
  • Allow minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living
  • Apply raised wages to all workers, with no exemptions or deferrals
  • Enforce the wage with strong tools, including a data dashboard

You can download the full report, the executive summary, or infographic.

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By Hilda L. Solis, Huffington Post (July 19,2015)

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By David Cooper, Economic Policy Institute (July 14, 2015)

A new dawn for the minimum wage
By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times (June 1, 2015)

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By Rachel Brown, Refinery 29 (June 1, 2015)

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By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times (May 26, 2015)

L.A. needs better than minimum-wage jobs
By the Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times (May 21, 2015)

L.A. firms see peril in tying minimum wage increases to inflation
By Tifanny Hsu and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times (May 21, 2015)

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By Peter Jamison, David Zahniser and Alice Walton, Los Angeles Times (May 19, 2015)

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By Alice Walton, Los Angeles Times (May 19, 2015)

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By Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (May 14, 2015)

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By the Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times (May 13, 2015)

Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up in Los Angeles
By Joel Fox, Public CEO (May 7, 2015)

Fast-Food Workers Deserve a Raise (OP-ED)
By Andrew M. Cuomo, New York Times (May 6, 2015)

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By the Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times (May 3, 2015)

Los Angeles’ minimum-wage study should involve business owners
By Michael Saltsman, Los Angeles Daily News (April 6, 2015)

Report: LA Minimum Wage Increase Would Be ‘Economic Stimulus
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A Higher Minimum Wage Could Pump $5.9 Billion Into LA’s Economy
By Michelle Chen, The Nation (April 1, 2015)

A City Divided: Will The Minimum Wage Hike Make or Break L.A.?
By Matt Lemas, Neon Tommy: Annenberg Digital News (March 31, 2015)

L.A. County supervisors vote 5-0 to study raising the minimum wage
By Abbey Sewell, Los Angeles Times (March 31, 2015)

Undocumented workers part of Los Angeles minimum wage debate
By Dakota Smith, Contra Costa Times (March 30, 2015)

LA City Council To Hold Hearing On Minimum Wage Hike Proposal
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Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Have More Benefits Than Drawbacks
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By Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times (March 24, 2015)

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By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times (March 23, 2015)

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Study Bolsters Proposal for Minimum Wage Hike in LA
By Paige Austin, (March 21, 2015)

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By Cole Stangler, International Business Times (March 20, 2015)

Higher Minimum Wage Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks: Study
NBC4 Los Angeles – KNBC (March 20 2015)

Adequate Wages Needed to Create Truly Sustainable Communities
By Miguel Luna, Streetsblog Los Angeles (March 19, 2015)

Study: Raising L.A.’s minimum wage would benefit 600K workers
By Debbie Sklar, (March 19, 2015)

Hiking Los Angeles minimum wage will do more good than bad, UC Berkeley study finds
City News Service (March 19, 2015)

City Study Backs Wage Hike; Biz, Labor Release Dueling Studies
By Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal (March 19, 2015)

Debating dueling data on the effect of a minimum wage hike on the LA economy
By Larry Matle and staff, KPCC AirTalk (March 19 2015)

Three studies of L.A. minimum wage boosts reach different conclusions
By Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times (March 19, 2015)

Six L.A. council members seek to boost minimum wage to $15.25 an hour
By Soumya Karlamangla, David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times (October 7, 2014)

Mayor Eric Garcetti calls for $13.25 minimum wage by 2017
By James Rainey and Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times (September 1, 2014)

Area of Work: Economy
Tags: City of Los Angeles, Economic Impacts, Minimum Wage, Poverty