The councilmembers made no recommendations Thursday on whether the ordinance should be approved when they consider it again July 16th. The measure calls for incremental hikes to the current $7.65 an hour minimum wage. Workers would receive their first raise August 24th, when businesses with more than 15 employees and $500,000 in annual income would be required to begin paying at least $8.50 an hour.
Workers younger than 18 are among those who would be exempted from the higher wage.
Backers say a wage hike is needed to help workers pay their bills. Opponents say it would cripple businesses and question its legality.