San Diego – It’s not hard to spot minimum wage earners because, they are everywhere, and more common than politicians in Sacramento think. By last count there are over 2.3 million Californians who work in minimum wage jobs in California and that’s not counting people who work in county or city jobs because, those statistics are not available to the public
Minimum Wage Increase?
Thankfully, California’s minimum wage is $8 per hour, while the Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour, and although this might not seem like a lot to some people it’s just enough for the average person to get by, especially if they work two jobs.
With the growth of the economy in the last year it looks like things may be finally looking up for minimum wage earners in California thanks to the approval of a bill back in May which will raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $9 over the next few years while the California State Senate is proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10 in the next four years.
When word spread recently about the proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $10 per hour a variety of business groups in California opposed the increase including the California Restaurant Association who said It was “incredibly aggressive”.
Why would restaurants and retail establishments oppose an increase to California’s minimum wage?
With the responsibility to pay the average full time employee an extra $80 per week the 22,000 plus restaurants and eating establishments in California are weighing how they would absorb their increased costs and the only solution is for them to ultimately increase their prices for the food that they serve or go out of business.
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