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Pasadena City Council votes 7-1 in favor of accelerated minimum wage increase

Pasadena City Council scheduled a “pause” in the minimum wage increase, in order to examine the local effects. Article

City staff prepared a Request for Proposal seeking responses to assess the impact of the City’s minimum wage on workers, businesses, city residents, and the broader community. As the result, the City selected two independent consultants to analyze the impact of the Pasadena Minimum Wage.

The reports were prepared by Dr. Michael Reich and Dr. Edward Leamer.



An economist from UCLA presented a report that suggested minimum wage employment would shrink.

Economist Michael Reich, chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley, utilizing the same data set, projected that a 20% increase in minimum wage would cause a 2.5% increase in Consumer Prices.

In what could be a first for local royalty, 2019 Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel also spoke to the Council in favor the faster-track wage increases.

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