San Jose City Council approves raising minimum wage to $15 by 2019

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — The San Jose City Council voted on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019, according to mayor’s office spokesman David Low.

“Raising the minimum wage will provide a significant boost for the thousands of hard-working families in our community who are struggling to keep up with the extraordinarily high cost of living in Silicon Valley,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “By moving forward together with many of our neighboring cities, even more residents will benefit from a higher wage and we will create a more level playing field for businesses throughout the region.”

Under the proposal, the minimum wage will increase to $12 in 2017, $13.50 in 2018, and $15 in 2019, with automatic annual cost of living increases ever year thereafter.

“The vote culminated an effort launched by Mayor Liccardo in September 2015 to forge a regional approach to raising the minimum wage throughout Silicon Valley. Since then, Mayor Liccardo has convened a coalition of mayors from throughout Silicon Valley, as well as representatives the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, to commission an economic analysis studying the impacts of a potential wage increase and to develop a common proposal that each elected leader could bring back to their city councils,” Low said.

The increase to $12 will happen on Jul. 1, the mayor’s office said.

Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale are expected to have a minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2019.

The $15 minimum wage will generate an average pay increase of $3,000 for 115,000 San Jose workers, according to an economic analysis.

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