City of Richmond Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Question (November 2014)
Wages and Pay
|Not on ballot|
Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles has proposed three different versions of a bill that seeks to raise the minimum wage in the city. The three proposals would provide for a minimum wage of $11/hour, $12.30/hour and $15/hour respectively. If the council as a whole approves of one of these rates, they will put it before voters on the November election. Each proposal also includes exemptions for employers with fewer than 10 employees and local businesses that have been open for less than two years and have fewer than 26 employees. Beckles said that, although the city council could simply approve a minimum wage increase themselves, she believed that it is important for the city voters to have a say in the matter.
Beckles said, "It should be on the ballot for community input on the process, rather than the council just telling the community. It's not a special election, so the costs of the ballot measure would be low."
- Currently the state minimum wage is $8 per hour, set to increase to $9 per hour in July.
- San Francisco has the highest minimum wage in the region at 10.74.
- San Jose features a rate of $10.15 per hour.
- Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles
Arguments in favor
Beckles said, "My experience in working with low-income residents is they want to get off the government dependence and afford basic necessities for their families, and the current minimum wage is just not enough. People are struggling."
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