Long Beach studies the possibility of adopting its own minimum wage. This thought has labor advocates intrigued but local business owners worried about the outcome. Before this notion could be proposed however, more specifics must be explored. A formal study will be used to further examine the next chapter in Long Beach's wage laws.

                Existing studies such as the one produced by UC Berkeley, examined the raising of Los Angeles wages and found that although as many as 542,000 people will receive a higher paycheck, the companies that support them will also require a higher payroll service. Even with these higher costs, it was found that the higher wages will produce an overall positive impact.

                Other studies like the one done by the Beacon Report promote the idea that with an increase in wage comes the decrease in jobs offered. With today's weak labor market this could allow for an even larger job deficit. Potential applicants with no high school degree will also be at further disadvantage.

                The wage increase is inevitable, cities will grow to adopt them and workers will always be wanting more. In order for any city to develop however, these changes will be necessary.

Read the full article here (http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20150809/raising-minimum-wage-in-long-beach-excites-some-worries-some)


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