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Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing
Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing

One of the best reasons to raise L.A.’s minimum wage is the region’s incredibly high cost of housing. Metropolitan Los Angeles is ranked the least affordable rental market in the nation because the city has a dual problem -- low incomes and high costs. A worker would have to earn $33 an hour to afford the average apartment, KPCC reported this year. The state minimum wage of $9 an hour doesn’t have the same buying power in Los Angeles that it does in Bakersfield or Humboldt. So it makes sense to set a higher minimum wage in a pricey urban area. But, what if the minimum wage increase prompts landlords to jack up the price of rent? During the City Council’s minimum...

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