September 2, 2014
On the heels of Mayor Garcetti's announcement of a proposed minimum wage bump this past Labor Day, PERE's Manuel Pastor looks back at a previous wage increases in his recent Huffington Post entry. Pastor evaluates the reactions he has heard time and again and what the research shows, and suggests analysis from a broader perspective.
"But just as in 1987 when those opposed to progress suggested that an extra 90 cents an hour was likely to shipwreck the California economy, it might be good for the rest of us to take a breath, consider the research and the record, and have a more productive conversation about the best ways to address inequality and make sure that work does indeed pay."
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