SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal to raise the minimum wage in San Diego to over $13 an hour is one of a slew of proposed ballot measures scheduled to be submitted Wednesday to the City Council's Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
City Council President Todd Gloria is leading a drive to have the proposal, which would also require that employers provide five earned sick days each year, placed before voters in the November general election.
The city currently abides by the state minimum wage law, which specifies pay of $8 an hour. The state standard is set to increase to $9 an hour next month and $10 an hour in 2016.
Gloria based his proposed San Diego minimum hourly wage of $13.09 on a study by the Center on Policy Initiatives that showed that's the least amount of money someone needs to live here on a bare-bones budget without government assistance.
Last week, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and San Diego Chamber of Commerce released a report that said a wage increase above that mandated by the state would hurt the city's competitiveness, and force local businesses to cut back workers' hours or raise prices.
The two organizations also said the CPI study was flawed because many people making minimum wage don't actually live in low-income households and don't always rent one-bedroom apartments.
In turn, the CPI said the opposition report was "riddled with inconsistencies and assertions that are not backed by data." CPI Executive
Director Clare Crawford said multiple studies show that minimum wage increases boost the economy.
Four of the five committee members are strong backers of Gloria's proposal, though the council president concedes that the actual amount might be adjusted. The plan will need to go before the full City Council before it's placed on the ballot.
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