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Biden wants minimum wage increased nationwide

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As San Diego continues to battle over raising the minimum wage, those in favor of a hike are getting the support Tuesday of the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden is in Los Angeles pushing for a hike not just in California, but nationwide.

Biden traveled to the West Coast earlier this week. He stopped in Las Vegas on Monday before heading to LA. He's expected to meet Tuesday with Mayor Eric Garcetti and area business leaders in downtown LA.

Biden is calling for a national minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. He says it would not cut the number of jobs, and add $19 billion into the U.S. economy.

Here in San Diego, City Council President Todd Gloria has been fighting with Mayor Kevin Faulconer over a referendum that would increase the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017, along with five paid sick days.

But not everyone is on board. 

San Diego Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Sanders says this would crush small business owners, "It'll cut jobs and pass the increases to consumers," he said. 

Sanders added, small businesses are already struggling after the State recently increased the minimum wage by 25 percent.

Meanwhile, Biden is also scheduled to make stops in Bakersfield and San Francisco, one of three California cities where a minimum wage hike is on the November ballot.

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