Debate over whether to increase the minimum wage and by how much is set to be a major part of the conversation during 2016 political campaigns as candidates pledge to work toward reducing inequality in America. Groups of fast food, retail and other hourly wage earners are holding protests in cities across the country, pushing lawmakers at all levels of government to address the issue. Some city governments, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago, have approved gradual increases toward setting a double-digit minimum wage. At issue is whether an increase in the minimum wage will lead employers to cut jobs or increase prices. Advocates for doubling the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15 say that the increase will put more spending money into the hands of workers and reduce dependence food stamps and other government programs that supplement low-wage earners. This page will feature content that highlights these stories.