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Cities and Counties Take Action on Minimum Wage

Pyogenes Gruffer

Recently, cities and counties have taken the lead on mandating much higher pay for traditional low-wage jobs, instead of waiting for the states or the federal government.  Supporters say these increases are long overdue and only fair, but others warn of unintended consequences, including job losses and cutbacks in hours.


  • David Cooper - economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, focusing on labor markets and minimum wage
  • Lydia DePillis- Washington Post reporter covering labor, business, and housing.
  • Aparna Mathur– resident scholar in economic policy at the American Enterprise Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School Of Public Policy

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