The proposed increase is much too gradual (and considerably too little) but I have voted yea, because something is better than nothing, however insulting. The reasoning in the negative is that any increase threatens the economy nationwide. It's the old tired Republican argument, proven fallacious every time a wage increase is implemented. After 30 years of trickle-down economics, the economy predictably tanked. Why should anyone, especially those who came to majority during that period, want to continue on the same path? John Boehner, Senator McConnell, and Grover Norquist should have their incomes reduced to $7.25/hr.