- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Opponents of San Diego’s minimum wage increase may have succeeded in stalling the hike for an estimated 200,000 residents.

UT San Diego reports (https://bit.ly/1tAsiCS ) that opponents have gathered enough valid signatures to force a public vote on the hike.

The City Council is slated to vote Monday on whether to rescind the hike or let voters decide its fate on the June 2016 ballot.

Either way, increases approved by the council this summer won’t take effect next January.

In August, the City Council overrode a mayoral veto and approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.

Supporters say the pay hike will boost people’s buying power. Opponents say it will hurt small businesses and prompt layoffs.

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