The minimum wage, which sets the bar for the lowest hourly wages, is suddenly in the spotlight. From the president to the governor and the guy temporarily in charge of City Hall, top Democratic politicians are calling for boosting the minimum, in some cases to the max.
President Obama wants to boost the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. California’s on track to raise its bar to $9 and then $10. And here in the nation’s eighth-largest city, interim Mayor Todd Gloria has hinted that $14.50 per hour is a nice number.
Critics of boosting the minimum wage say an increase is a ticket to higher costs and more unemployment.
Kevin Faulconer, the GOP’s candidate in the mayoral race, opposes Gloria’s proposal and “sat quietly, with no hint of a smile or even a polite clap,” when Gloria brought it up during last week’s State of the City address. And former Mayor Jerry Sanders is warning of the potential for stunted growth.