San Diego’s minimum wage will start rising in January after the City Council voted to override Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto.
The increase, to reach $11.50 by 2017, came on a 6-2 vote to negate the objections of the Republican mayor, Council President Todd Gloria said Monday in a statement.
The hourly wage in the eighth-largest U.S. city will climb to $9.75 at the beginning of next year and $10.50 a year later. California’s minimum wage reached $9 an hour July 1 and will increase to $10 in 2016.
The increase is part of a nationwide push to boost the minimum wage for low-income earners. Faulconer had said the boost jeopardized the city’s job growth, and would lead to higher prices and layoffs.
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