LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Supporters of a ballot initiative asking voters to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour were given the green light Wednesday by the City Clerk to begin collecting signatures.

The initiative proposes that most employers immediately raise the minimum wage for their employees to $15 an hour. Small businesses and nonprofits would have until Jan. 1, 2017 to raise their workers’ wages to $15 per hour, under the proposal.

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The initiative’s proponents will be allowed to circulate their petition and gather signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the ballot.

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This is not the only minimum wage hike proposal being considered. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan on Labor Day to gradually raise Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017.

Business leaders who oppose minimum wage hikes say it could lead employers to cut jobs, or drive businesses out of the city.

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