Voters Support Increase of Minimum Wage to $15 by 2018

San Francisco voters appear to be supporting a measure on Tuesday’s ballot to increase the city’s minimum wage, according to complete unofficial election results.

The minimum wage, which was last raised to $10.74 in January, will gradually increase to $15 per hour by 2018 under Proposition J.

According to the complete unofficial results, nearly 77 percent voted in favor of Proposition J. The measure needed a simple majority for approval.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee released a statement on the voter approval of the ballot measure.

“Tonight, San Francisco voters sent a message loudly and clearly to the nation that we can take on the growing gap between rich and poor, we can give a well-deserved raise to our lowest wage workers, and we can do it in a way that protects jobs and small business,” Lee said.

The minimum wage in San Francisco will raise to $11.05 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015, and will continue to increase by roughly a dollar per year until 2018, according to the measure.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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