Economics

San Francisco Can Afford a $15 Minimum Wage. Mariposa Cannot.

Where rich industries dominate, no problem. Elsewhere? We'll see.

Protests are about to pay off. At least for some.

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California has reached a deal to raise its statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour. This would certainly be a breathtakingly broad political experiment. The question is whether it will turn into a breathtaking disaster.

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