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  Late last month, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley proposed raising the minimum wage for full-time city workers to $15 an hour. An increase in the minimum wage has been discussed all around the country. Just last week, California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation raising California'’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 and New York is following in California's footsteps.

Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Tuesday morning he has a majority of city council willing to support his plan to substantially raise the city's minimum wage for full-time and part-time employees.

A Cincinnati council member and the city are launching an effort to get more employers to pay their workers higher wages.  

P.G. Sittenfeld introduced the Cincinnati Living Wage Initiative Thursday morning at a press conference.  It asks businesses to voluntarily pay their employees $10.10 an hour. That's the amount of the proposed  federal minimum wage increase that has stalled in Congress.  

Sittenfeld said it could make people in the city less vulnerable.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say increasing the minimum wage won't lower crime rates.

When debating the idea of raising the minimum wage, proponents sometimes suggest doing so will cause a decrease in crime. But the team at UC says that's just not the case.

The researchers compared violent and property crime rates in the US from 1977 to 2012 to states that follow the federal minimum wage rate and states with a higher rate.