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LA mayor calls for minimum wage increase

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Los Angeles’s mayor said he wants the nation’s second-largest city to increase its minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017. (Source: CNN) Los Angeles’s mayor said he wants the nation’s second-largest city to increase its minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017. (Source: CNN)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday that he wants the nation's second-largest city to increase its minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017.

The current L.A. minimum wage is $9.

Garcetti's proposal would gradually phase in the increase. After 2017, the L.A. minimum wage would be tied to inflation.

The Los Angeles City Council will have to give approval to the plan.

Supporters of the idea say a higher minimum wage will lift some workers out of poverty. Opponents say it would increase costs for businesses.

L.A. workers already earn California's $9 minimum wage, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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