Los Angeles City Council Votes for $15 Minimum Wage

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has voted 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.

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 vote sends the measure to the city attorney to prepare a wage ordinance.

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.

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