LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage.
Garcetti on Monday announced a proposal to hike the wage from the current $9 per hour to $13.25 in 2017. The proposal will need City Council approval but it was praised by President Obama in his weekly radio address.
Garcetti says it's bad for the city's recovering economy to have one million residents stuck in poverty and he says eroding wages for low- and middle-income earners threatens that recovery.
Garcetti's proposed minimum wage would be among the highest in the nation.
Last month, San Diego's City Council voted to raise the minimum wage there to $11.50 per hour in 2017.
San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to adopt a $15-per-hour wage.
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