Is it a ticket out of poverty or a strain on small business?
Long Beach’s plan to study how raising the city’s minimum wage would affect the city has residents on both sides.
About 70 residents rallied alongside city councilmembers Tuesday outside city hall in support of raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The demand follows recent minimum wage hikes by the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County.
The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to have a study done by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation to examine a wage hike’s local effects.
In the video below, youth and workers share why a raise in wages is needed. But small business owners also share why they are not too excited about the idea.