Once again legislators in this case Governor Moon Beam and Train to Nowhere Brown do everything they can to destroy the restaurant industry in the once great state of CA.
I love John D’Amanda’s story. When he’s making $15 an hour, he can get married.
He’s making $12.55 an hour now, but when that increase went into effect they cut his hours from 25 to 16 a week, so he needs to get a second job.
When he gets a raise to $15, they’ll probably cut him to 10 hours and all he’ll need is 2 extra jobs.
But of course when minimum wage is $15, the robots will show up and unemployed-by- choice people will come out of the woodwork and there will be no jobs left.
But he’ll be available to vote for Democrats at election time.
If $15 wage floor is good, they should try $50 or $100. That will get the robots here sooner.
Connecting the dots.
Thoughts about the minimum wage proposal in California:
- Sentence certain groups and classes of people, along with their children, to a life dependent on state assistance.
- This group includes single and married parents, teenagers and elderly who have less than adequate retirement income.
- Eliminate the opportunity for unskilled workers to become skilled.
- We can’t all be programmers and professors.
- In California, it supports the idea of splitting the state into multiple states.
- $15 an hour in Lone Pine or Alturas?
- How does California pay for the increase in unemployed people who need assistance?
- Maybe they can raise their income tax rate from 13 to 20%.
- With 20% personal income tax, they will lose many high income professionals and businesses.
The minimum wage was an idea put forth in the progressive age, along with eugenics, to favor those in the population deemed “desirable”. (Source)
California Plan Marks Major Test of $15 Pay Floor
Effort to raise state’s minimum wage sets up biggest experiment on job market.
Over the years Brown has proved one thing, he can’t find his ass with both hands and a leader he is not.
Thank God for term limits. (Source)
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A plan by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 by 2022 sets the stage for the most significant experiment in base-pay increases since the latest campaigns to raise minimum pay in cities and states began more than three years ago.
Not only is California the most populous state in the U.S., with 2.2 million people earning the current $10-an-hour minimum wage, it has one of nation’s most diverse economies—ranging from the technology-rich San Francisco Bay Area to the mix of manufacturing, entertainment and low-wage work of Southern California, and the vast agricultural industry of the Central Valley.
The new pay floor, to be phased in through a series of increases over five years, would give California the nation’s highest minimum wage. “It is a matter of economic justice. It makes sense, and will help our entire state do much better for its citizens,” Mr. Brown said Monday. In particular, “there will be flexibility in an event there is a recession, or a budgetary downfall,” he said.
Experts say the move is unprecedented in the U.S. California’s $10-an-hour minimum already is one of the highest floors of any state, though some cities have set even higher minimum levels.
More than five million low-paid California workers, or 38% of California’s workforce, will eventually receive average pay increases of about $4,000 each, according to one estimate by University of California-Berkeley economist Michael Reich.
“We’re definitely in unknown territory here. This is a big experiment,” said Arindrajit Dube, an economist at University of Massachusetts Amherst who studies minimum-wage policy. “In rural areas like Fresno, a majority of workers will be affected by this policy,” Mr. Dube said.
California would have one of the highest minimum wages in the world by one measure, Mr. Dube said. A pay floor of $15 an hour would represent about 60% of the state’s median wage, he said, comparable to a high-minimum-wage country such as France. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is about 40% of the median wage paid in the U.S., according to the Labor Department.
California has about six million total hourly workers, according to the California Department of Finance.
Some economists, including Mr. Reich, believe the minimum wage can be increased to $15 an hour without a negative effect on employment. Mr. Reich projects the wage increase will be paid for primarily through modest price increases on consumers.
Others believe the increase will result in job losses.
A 2014 study from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found a federal increase to $10.10 an hour would eliminate 500,000 jobs. And there are few comparisons to what is planned in California, a 50% increase that would be more than double the federal rate.
Entire article below.
Increasing the minimum wage “will hurt the hiring of the least experienced, least skilled, and lowest-wage workers,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former CBO director and president of the right-leaning American Action Forum. “That means it hits more harmfully in the lower-wage rural areas, as well as in the retail, restaurant, and bar sectors.”
Bruce Dean, chief executive of the Black Bear Diner restaurant chain, said he expects restaurant prices in the state to increase more than 25%.
He said he’ll look to eliminate dishes at his own business that require more labor in an effort to control costs.
Lawmakers are failing to recognize differences between San Francisco and areas such as Redding, Calif., where his business is based, Mr. Dean said. “They’ve thrown out a blanket solution that doesn’t recognize there is a difference in cost of living in rural areas than in the cities,” he said.
Mr. Brown detailed his plans at a news conference Monday, saying the wage increase was necessary so the state’s poorest workers aren’t left behind. He said his plan—which would allow the governor to block some of the initial increases in the event of a recession—was a responsible approach. The plan would give small businesses with 25 or fewer employees an extra year to comply.
Mr. Brown’s plan is an attempt by the governor to wrest some control over an issue that looked set to be decided directly by voters in November. His announcement comes after one of two, labor-sponsored initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour qualified for the November 2016 ballot.
By pressing forward to raise base pay to $15 an hour—about $30,000 a year for full-time workers—California and other states appear to be the next battleground in a movement that has so far been largely contained to localities such as Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Lawmakers in New York are in advanced discussions to bring that state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, from $9 now. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is trying to include a vote in the legislature on the measure as part of the state’s budget, due April 1, although details are still under negotiation.
The labor movement and liberals have embraced minimum-wage increases in recent years as a response to concerns over economic inequality. Fast-food workers and unions have pushed for wage increases to $15 an hour, and Sen. Bernie Sanders has made a $15 an hour federal minimum wage a part of his presidential bid. Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination, has endorsed a $12-an-hour federal minimum wage. The federal level is $7.25 an hour, unchanged since 2009.
John D’Amanda, a 56-year-old McDonald’s cashier in Oakland, said a higher wage could allow him to move out of a group home where he shares a room and relies on groceries from a food bank. The pay increase could even let him to propose to his girlfriend.
“It would make a huge difference,” said Mr. D’Amanda, who has taken part in several “Fight for $15” protests. “I want to get married, but I can’t afford it.”
Mr. D’Amanda makes $12.55 an hour under Oakland’s wage law. He said when that increase went into effect last year his hours were cut to 16 a week from 25. He plans to ask for more hours or seek out a second job.
Business groups and Republicans—including presidential front-runner Donald Trump—have opposed the pay increases saying they will lead to fewer jobs for low-skilled workers and don’t boost incomes for the poor because many people who earn the minimum wage are high-school students or others without dependents.
Even Mr. Brown has raised concerns about raising the minimum wage too quickly. In his January budget proposal, he said raising the minimum wage to $15 too quickly would return the state to annual deficits and make a potential recession in the state worse by raising costs for businesses.
But politically Mr. Brown’s hands may be tied, with two labor unions moving forward with signature-gathering efforts to place competing $15-an-hour pay measures on the November 2016 ballot. Polls also show the notion of a pay increase is popular in the state.
Last week, one of the labor-sponsored measures, circulated by the Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers West, qualified for the ballot. That proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.
Signatures have been gathered for a second, competing measure, sponsored by SEIU California, another wing of the service employees union. That measure would raise minimum pay to $15 by 2020, as well as increase and expand mandated paid sick leave for Californians.
State Sen. Mark Leno who has a minimum-wage bill in the state Assembly’s appropriations committee said that bill will be used to move this new agreement through the legislature, and that he and other lawmakers will seek to pass the $15-minimum-wage-law as early as Thursday.