A proposal to incrementally raise the minimum wage in Long Beach to $13 an hour by 2019 will be considered by the Long Beach City Council Tuesday night, said KCBS (Channel 2). The minimum wage, which increased statewide to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, would go up to $10.50 in Long Beach at the beginning of 2017. It would then jump to $12 an hour at the start of 2018, and to $13 an hour on January 1, 2019.

The proposal is less than the minimum wage hikes approved by the city and county of Los Angeles, which have each decided to push the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Like the Los Angeles city and county ordinances, the Long Beach proposal would give businesses with less than 25 employees as well as nonprofits an extra year to meet the increased wage levels. The lower wage was seen as something of a compromise.

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