Skip to comments.California Legislature approves raising minimum wage to $10 — the highest of any state
Posted on 09/13/2013 7:13:36 AM PDT by artichokegrower
SACRAMENTO -- California's lowest-paid workers are in store for a 25 percent raise after lawmakers late Thursday boosted the Golden State's minimum wage to the highest of any state in the country.
In the final hours of its 2013 regular session, the Legislature voted to hike the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 next July and $10 by January 2016 -- a move Democrats praised as a boon to struggling workers and Republicans lambasted as a "job killer."
Gov. Jerry Brown has already promised to sign the bill, making California a leader in a growing movement to increase wages for the working poor spurred by protesting fast-food workers across the country.
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Looks like I won’t by buying anything from California if there is another alternative. Choke them out and let them starve.
Big Mac - $10.95
Fries - $5.50
This wage is suitable for most of California, but in the Central valley and the mountains near Nevada, this is ABSURD.
So they are trying to destroy even more of the lower middle class, after Owe-bamacare cut the workweek to 29.5 hours, now they will eliminate jobs.
Democrats are such economic morons.
As if you can just decree what people should earn.
Watch for a mass exodus of businesses out of CA and rising unemployment in the state.
It has already been happening.
This will just accelerate it.
And wait until they see the income taxes...
This is a great idea. Giving all those low wage workers raises, except the working illegals who are not dreamers, now their lives will be better and they will have more $$$ to spend so businesses will win too. Every-ones a winner
Well, this is how they talk on MSNBC anyway.
CA is a grand experiment. Let's see how higher taxes and minimum wage works. LA county has a hell of a lot of small stores, fast food, convenient, etc, and those who use them are not rich.
Recall that CA successfully pressured Amazon to collect their sales taxes in internet purchases.
The smiles will remain right up until they find out they are being let go and will not be making ANY wage now that California has priced them out of the market.
Yes that will certainly create jobs, prosperity, and tax revenue. /sarc
Why stop at $10? Why not $50/hr? $75/hr? Why not make it an even $100/hr?
Lets make it $100/hr and get rid of all poverty. If there’s logic for $10/hr it should only be stronger for $100/hr.
I recall reading years ago that many unions have contracts that specify its wage scales at designated multiples of the minimum wage. Thus a rise in the minimum wage is an automatic rise in their pay, without renegotiating. I guess that is still the norm although one would think corporations would negotiate out of this in the face of Democratic Party hegemony whenever possible.
At the SJMN site’s comment section, the example of “In-N-Out Burger’s” policy of paying associates $10.50 to start seems to be some kind of a touchstone for the argument to raise the minimum wage.
I maintain that may work because “In-N-Out” is unique and has it’s own following, but McD’s would have to raise prices to meet the overhead, or just work their employees harder.
You got that right. They really do not understand that people will change their behavior when the rules that restrict them also change. Democrats really do believe that you can take someone who earns $1 million per year, raise their income tax rate to 100%, and then count on the collecting $1 million in income taxes from that same person every year for years to come. Yes, they really are that stupid.
When it comes to the minimum wage, every time I hear this from a liberal about how the minimum wage needs to be higher, I respond, "Great idea. But if you really want to help people, then let's raise it to $50/hr. How about that?" Then I sit back and watch the wheels trying to turn in their heads. They know in their hearts that there must be something wrong with it, but they can't for the life of them figure out what it is.
Look for California McDonalds to be the first with McRobot cooking machines and McKiosk self service ordering and payment systems. That should allow each restaurant to eliminate 3 or 4 positions per shift...
Yay! More unemployeds.
Great minds think alike.
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