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Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed Monday that the city gradually raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, up from the current $9 an hour. The proposal, which would make Los Angeles’ wage law among the highest in the nation, needs City Council approval to become law. Garcetti unveiled his plan at a Labor Day gathering at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in South Los Angeles with a coalition of business, labor, community and religious leaders. He wants to raise the minimum wage in the city to $10.25 in 2015, $11.75 in 2016 and $13.25 in 2017, an amount the mayor said would enable workers to live above the poverty level. Currently, Los Angeles is covered by California’s state minimum wage of $9 an hour. Under the plan, future increases would be tied to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners.



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