Cities are passing higher minimum wages – and leaving the suburbs further behind

by Emily Badger

Last week, Seattle’s city council voted to raise the local minimum wage to an unprecedented $15 an hour, more than twice the federal wage threshold and well above the next most generous cities in America. That rate, which will be phased in over seven years for the smallest businesses, currently tops $10.74 in San Francisco, $10.66 in Santa Fe, N.M., and $10.15 in San Jose. It’s significantly higher than the $11.50 wage planned for the District, and the $13.09 hoped for in San Diego.

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