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City Council overrides mayor’s veto of minimum wage hike

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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