As California's minimum wage increases to nine dollars an hour and eventually $10 in 2016, it's still under the ambitious minimum wage plans in Seattle, where it will increase to $15/hour in 2017.
To discuss the pros and cons of a faster, larger minimum wage increase versus a smaller, more incremental one, we're joined by Chris Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
Minimum wage numbers at the city, state and federal level
2014 - $9.32/hour (WA state minimum)
2015 - $10-$11/hour*
2016 - $10.50-$13/hour*
2017 - $11-$15/hour*
2014 - $9.32/hour
2016 - $9.77/hour
2014 - $9/hour (current)
2016 - $10/hour
1938 - $.25/hour (first minimum wage ever)
2009 - $7.25/hour (current)
*Seattle's minimum wage increase is on a scale based on employer size and benefits.