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San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

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Clare Crawford, executive director, Center on Policy Initiatives

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Beginning Monday, San Diego's minimum wage workers will earn $10.50 an hour — an increase of 50 cents. As part of Proposition I, which San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved in June, the city's minimum wage will get another boost to $11.50 in January.

City officials have been scrambling since the measure passed to figure out how to let employers know about the increase and how to make sure they pay it. The City Council is expected to approve an enforcement plan Monday afternoon.

Many business groups opposed to the measure have said this increase in addition to a state increase, which will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, will force businesses to cut staff.

Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a San Diego nonprofit that backed the minimum wage boost, discusses the increase on KPBS Midday Edition on Monday.

San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase Compared To California's

Date San Diego California
07/2016 $10.50 I
1/2017 $11.50 $10.50
1/2018 I $11.00
1/2019 $11.82* $12.00
1/2020 $12.15* $13.00
1/2021 $12.49* $14.00
1/2022 $12.84* $15.00

* If the Consumer Price Index grows in each year at 2.8%, the average rate of growth from 1982 to 2016. Source: Center on Policy Initiatives.

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