Richmond businesses asked to chime in about minimum wage proposal

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The city of Richmond is seeking input from its business community about a proposal to increase the local minimum wage.

Business owners are being asked to fill out a brief survey about how a minimum wage increase in Richmond would impact them. The survey can be completed in English here or in Spanish here up until midnight on April 30.

Also, a business outreach meeting will be held in City Council Chambers on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The chambers are located at 440 Civic Center Plaza.

Under the wage proposal, the current minimum of $8, which is also the state’s minimum, would increase to $9 on July 1. It would go up to $9.60 in 2015, and then to $11.52 in 2016 and $12.30 in 2017. Starting in 2018, the minimum wage would reflect cost of living adjustments.

San Francisco’s minimum wage is currently the region’s highest at $10.74 an hour, while San Jose’s is $10.15.

The proposal’s supporters say it is about time that minimum wages reflect cost of living in the Bay Area. They say studies show an increase would be good for the local economy.

Opponents say the proposed increase, which could make Richmond’s minimum wage the highest in the state, might lead to a loss of jobs and make the city less attractive to businesses.

Anyone with questions or with additional comments on the minimum wage ordinance should contact LaShonda White, management analyst in the City Manager’s Office, at

Tuesday, April 29 The Richmond City Council is considering an ordinance that will gradually increase the minimum wage from $9.00/hour on 7/1/14 to $12.30/hour on 1/1/17. The Council is interested in providing information to and receiving feedback from the business community regarding the impacts of a minimum wage increase. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to (1) learn more about Richmond’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, (2) provide input on the Ordinance’s language, and (3) share opinions about the potential impacts of the Ordinance on their business.