Note from Steve: As a California resident I will directly feel the impact of this minimum wage increase very soon. California will become an international magnet for low income workers. California will fill the bottom with people from all the States and all the nations, therefore we will develop a 2 class society. The minimum wage guarantee block and those who are paying from them. Is there a silver lining to this minimum wage fiasco?
California and New York acted Monday to gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour — the highest in the nation — as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders again seized on wage disparity and the plight of the working poor in their fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a raucous rally in Manhattan as he signed the law that will gradually boost that state’s pay rate. The former first lady predicted the movement will “sweep our country.”
Sanders said in a statement that his campaign is about building on the steps in California and New York “so that everyone in this country can enjoy the dignity and basic economic security that comes from a living wage.”
The new laws in California and New York mark the most ambitious moves yet by legislatures to close the national divide between rich and poor. Experts say other states may follow, given Congress’ reluctance to act despite entreaties from President Barack Obama.
In a statement, Obama commended California and again urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. “It’s time for Congress to step up and do what is right for every hard-working American and for our economy,” he said.
In Los Angeles, Gov. Jerry Brown was cheered by union workers — some chanting in Spanish — as he signed a bill into law that will lift the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
The bill’s effects could vary widely in the vast and diverse state, from sparsely populated mountain and desert areas to inner city Los Angeles and wealthy Silicon Valley.
While it was a victory for those struggling on the margins of the economy and the politically powerful unions that pushed it, business groups warned that the higher wage could cost thousands of jobs as employers are forced to provide steadily bigger paychecks.
A $15 base wage will have “devastating impacts on small businesses in California,” Tom Scott, executive director of the state branch of the National Federation of Independent Business, said in a statement. “Ignoring the voices and concerns of the vast majority of job creators in this state is deeply concerning and illustrates why many feel Sacramento is broken.”
The bill was pushed through the Legislature by Democrats — who control both chambers — without a single Republican vote. A nonpartisan legislative analysis put the cost to California taxpayers at $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees.
Brown, a Democrat, never specifically addressed criticism of the bill but argued the decision to set the nation-leading wage was about “economic justice.”
“Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” the governor said. “But morally and socially and politically they make every sense, because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.”
The California bill will bump the state’s $10 hourly minimum by 50 cents next year and to $11 in 2018. Hourly $1 raises will then come every January until 2022, unless the governor imposes a delay during an economic recession. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees have an extra year to comply.
Wages will rise with inflation each year thereafter.
Brown negotiated the deal with unions to head off competing labor-backed ballot initiatives that would have imposed swifter increases.
About 2.2 million Californians now earn the minimum wage, but University of California, Irvine, economics professor David Neumark estimated the boost could cost 5 to 10 percent of low-skilled workers their jobs.
Brown has said California, with the world’s eighth largest economy, can absorb the raises without the problems predicted by opponents.
California and Massachusetts currently have the highest statewide minimum wage at $10. Washington, D.C., stands at $10.50. Los Angeles, Seattle and other cities have recently approved $15 minimum wages, while Oregon officials plan to increase the minimum to $14.75 an hour in cities and $12.50 in rural areas by 2022.
New York’s state budget includes gradually raising the $9 minimum wage to $15, starting in New York City in three years and phasing in at a lower level elsewhere. An eventual statewide increase to $15 would be tied to economic indicators such as inflation.
Sanders has made the $15 wage a foundation block of his candidacy, while Clinton backs Senate legislation that would enact a federal minimum wage of $12 an hour, with the ability of individual cities and states to set a higher threshold.
I also thought that muslims or islam was never to be let into our country, for any reason.
"Common sense doesn't grow in everyone's garden!"
How true! We knew, or could ave found out that Obumbum's Islamic pals were dominating areas of government critical to our well-being. I trust an Islamic person or group about as far as I can throw them. I especially don't trust them in MY countries' government.
The next thing we know, most of us will be condemned as 'un-Islamic', and be destroyed.
Common Sense is nowhere near as 'common' as the name would suggest!
Gov's Brown and Goumo have you ever had a real job? Have you ever gotten your hands dirty and your clothes dirty? Worked 15 - 20 hours a day, was so tired and sore when you got home and sat down, with no extra pay, but had the satisfaction of a job well done? Have you ever owned a business where you had to pay the workers for more pay than they deserved? Will the owners who invested large sums of money to start up and keep their businesses running get a pay raise? Will the managers of the businesses get a pay raise? Will the customers get a pay raise? I've gone to restaurants, department stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, dollar stores, (at the time - 5 and dime store's), US Post offices, government buildings, Department of Motor Vehicles (in at least 34 States, and I could go on but I think you get the picture. I've also been in at least 12 other states. I think I know how people work in most businesses.
What about the people that loose their jobs? Will the people that get the raises help pay for them to live then? I've been in those places over the last 65 years before a pay raise was mandated by the Gov. and in the same places after the pay raises went into effect. There was not one bit of difference in the treatment as a customer from the Jerks behind the cash registers. Don't get me wrong not all fall into the Jerk category, but of the people that complained the most and made the biggest ruckus over getting a pay raise acted or worked or treated the customers no better than before the pay raise. The people that did their jobs well and above expected and treated the customers as they wanted to be treated if they were customers, got pay raises and promotions. The other people complained that those people were getting special treatment.
I have personally worked with many of those people behind the counters. I've worked with many of those people in the warehouses, on road work, offices, restaurants, packing, shipping, delivery. There are those that work hard, go to school, work their way into a better position and advance. Then there are those (Mostly those that complain, "They ain't getting nuff money for the work they do"). The ones that take 3 or 4 bathroom brakes an hour. They spend 5 minutes more on coffee and smoke brakes than the rest of the group. Clock in at the time clock as soon as they arrive and take their time getting ready for work then start to work 5 to 10 minutes later than every one else. They then stand at the time clock for 3 to 7 minutes before they clock out so they can get an extra 15 minute pay. They hang around the water coolers or coffee machines and have something to say about all their bosses and supervisors that are making more money than they are.
Those are the ones that want something given to them rather than earn it. (Which is another 2 hour dissertation). There is one thing in common with all of the above people, especially ones that work at the counter or cash registers waiting on customers. They are the ones, as a customer, when I encounter those types of people, I dread having to deal with and do not go back to the place if I see the same person at the counter or cash register. If I go back the second time and still see them, I will never spend my money there again. Later or sooner the company fades out of site. Many of those companies I’ve encountered where I lived are no longer in existence or have dwindled down considerably. Zayer's, A&P and Long John Silver's just to name a few. (Again not all fall into that category and you know whom I mean).
A company I worked for several years ago was an up and coming contender in the food business. A large city I was living in had 7 units. Within 4 years it grew to 35 units. Minimum wage went up. Company cut costs. First was cheaper cleaning products. Rather than save money it took labor longer to clean. Mistake #1. Raised prices to counter higher pay on employees. 2nd mistake. Hired less qualified managers to save money on higher pay for employees. 3rd mistake. Changed manager bonuses on well seasoned mangers that had been there and made money for the company for years to where it was harder to make the bonuses. 4th mistake. Results was, more than half the new stores closed forever.
Here is an example to get some fast food: Enter the store. Wait for some one to notice you standing at the counter. Meander up to the counter at their own pace. "What you want", rather than "May I help you". Answer? "NO" rather "No sir, we don't have that". Wait.! Wait.!! Wait some more.!!! Clerk takes time to pick up order in window. Slowly brings order to you. Saying here, rather than “Thank you”. Argue over an order placed or made in error. Then talk to you like it was a privilege for them to have served you rather than the other way around. These people will then get $15 an hour? ??? Huh? For what? What about benefits?????
How much more will the food cost? How much will the hours be cut? How many more people will be cut to cut the cost of operating. How many more people will not spend their monies at these places because of slower service, higher cost, and lower quality of product and still get the same old miserable service the higher paid employees gave when they made less money. How many managers will not make their percentages to make bonuses because of the higher costs of everything and lower income coming in, then leave How many units will close because of no income coming to pay the higher paid employees that do the same miserable job.
Is raising minimum wage to $15 a good thing? I don’t think I have to tell you my answer. . Salem Cigarettes had a saying when they first came out. “You can take the man out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the man”. I say you can take the money away from a millionaire and he’ll make another million. You can give a pauper a million dollars and he is still a pauper. Within a year it will all be gone. Sooner than later the millionaire will move to where no one will take the million away.
My daughter is a Nurse Supervisor and she has LPN's in the small town where she works that make less than $15/hr. and are professionals... She has already had several LPN's ask for pay raises stating that they would not work for less than McDonald's counter help. I know of a whole host of semi-skilled jobs, including certified auto mechanics, that make less than $15/hr, not too mention that many small store managers and retail businesses can not pay their supervisors $15/hr. There are bookkeepers, equipment operators and other semi-skilled individuals, who have completed extensive training for their jobs that are not making $15/hr... especially, in remote small towns. These semi-skilled laborers will all expect to be paid more than minimum wage.
Setting the entry level for employment at $15/hr,... effectively, doubling of the current federal rate, will result in semi-skilled workers and middle managers everywhere expecting their salary to double. An LPN for example making 14/hr ... will expect 28/hr to keep pace with the doubling of the nurses aides salary. This is insanity gone a-muck... if that's possible.
One can expect more part time workers to be hired... to completely eliminate benefits... paid vacations, holidays, overtime, sick days, etc;, Additionally, look for the use of 'contract labor' to do jobs that were once company hourly jobs.
The small business owner will be looking for a multitude of ways to reduce total labor expenses, to make up for this massive wage increase. Many of those getting the $15/hr may well find their ANNUAL GROSS only marginally increased; while, many more will find it decreased, as the owners go to mainly part time employee's or offer the part time employees CONTRACT LABOR POSITIONS. There are ways to get around paying for benefits, by putting more individuals on part time (keeping only supervisors and managers on full time), eliminating ALL benefits. for those under 20hrs/wk jobs... or simply contract out labor and avoid all benefits including unemployment insurance, matching FICA, and workman's compensation...make the workers pay for their own.
It's coming folks... individuals will be working 2 or 3 part time jobs to survive. Jobs without health insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, overtime, paid sick days, unemployment insurance, workman's compensation, employer matched FICA, as many shift to contract labor. Contract labor will become standard for a lot of jobs that can be configured to the laws regarding such labor... even counter help could be contracted. Just bid out the work, with specifications that meet the law, and the owners needs... viola contract labor... which could be well under the minimum wage being being paid now... after benefits are removed..
Well Savage, Sen Sesions, Palin and me are...plus millions of other Americans....Evangelical Christian, 23 yrs USAF, Ret vet!!!!
Ah yes....economic "justice"....just like social "justice" is marxist to the core....then there will be the $15.00/hr slaves(we the people)...IF you can find work....and the "elites" like brown...who don't give one rats behind about you except for a "vote"......and we have soooooo many stooopid Americans that think this is good........well look at Venezuela.....they have Equal socialist/commie/marxist crap...and they cannot even get toilet paper..
I had an idea of building a fifty foot with barb wire on top wall around all of California, while we send the illegals, criminals, and middle east people there to live and work. Then we all can benefit from the taxes that they produce.
Stupid is as stupid does! Why are we so committed to produce a class of poor citizens. A minimum wage created the spark that was needed to propel people to strive to do better thru education. Without that spark our poor will be willing to settle for $15 an hour forever.