L.A. County Board of Supervisors Delays Minimum Wage Vote
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors delayed its vote on a countywide minimum wage increase Tuesday, opting instead to further study its economic impact. The decision follows a recent county-commissioned report which found that an increase in the minimum wage would do little if anything to alleviate poverty.
The Los Angeles Development Corporation released the results of its study Friday. In the report, the body further predicted that an increase to $15 by 2020 would result in higher in prices, diminished employment, and slowed job growth.
Supervisor Hilda Solis joined Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich in supporting the vote’s delay. While Solis supports a wage increase, she expressed concerns about the potential impact on mom and pop stores in her district. She called for a broader program that would assist small businesses by potentially reducing fees and simplifying the permitting process.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who introduced the motion, expressed disappointment in the board’s decision but said she would move forward to ensure the county’s lowest earners achieve a living wage. The board is expected to eventually approve an increase, following in the footsteps of the Los Angeles City Council which passed a citywide wage increase earlier this month.
Read more about Tuesday’s decision here.