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California public sector unions to blame ?
« Reply #901 on: September 18, 2022, 09:55:14 AM »
https://www.axios.com/2022/09/18/ron-desantis-migrants-lawyers-criminal-investigation

OTOH look at the demographics :

Race and ethnicity
Racial and ethnic composition as of the 2020 census
Race and ethnicity[185]              Total
Hispanic or Latino[note 3]         39.4%   
White (non-Hispanic)                     38.3%   
Asian (non-Hispanic)                           17.0%   
African American (non-Hispanic)           6.4%   
Native American (non-Hispanic)           1.3%   
Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic)           0.7%
Other (non-Hispanic)                           1.3%

or foreign born:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/312701/percentage-of-population-foreign-born-in-the-us-by-state/#:~:text=As%20of%202020%2C%2026.6%20percent,other%20than%20the%20United%20States.
 

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Re: California
« Reply #902 on: September 18, 2022, 05:07:43 PM »

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State government handing tax payer money to some
« Reply #903 on: October 03, 2022, 11:43:23 PM »
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/california-giving-1-050-inflation-191822518.html

just before and election it starts of course

spreading other people's money around ......

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California 98 B budget surplus within weeks gone and now 25 B def.
« Reply #904 on: November 17, 2022, 06:04:28 AM »
this is what happens in state run by crats:
https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/11/16/shock-california-projects-25-billion-deficit-after-98-billion-surplus/

+ $400 checks to offset gas price increases (bribe voters)

[not sure if this was before or after recall]

DEMOCRATS + SURPLUS = PARTY TIME !!!!  yeehah !

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Re: California
« Reply #905 on: November 17, 2022, 09:20:21 AM »
Dang , , ,

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What's exciting in California, new trash cans, 20k
« Reply #907 on: December 25, 2022, 07:51:58 AM »
https://dailycaller.com/2022/12/23/san-francisco-spent-550k-4-years-trash-can/

20k is a lot but really you (they) would pay any price!



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Re: California
« Reply #910 on: May 22, 2023, 07:34:59 AM »
Wow.

Who could have seen this coming?


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Republican sponsors religious exemption bill
« Reply #912 on: June 04, 2023, 09:05:10 AM »
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/06/04/republican-bill-to-exempt-turbans-from-motorcycle-helmets-advances-in-california/

choice should no longer be

 if you do not want to wear a helmet because of turban then maybe you should not ride motorcycles because that is the law that applies to everyone else

but should
be , if you are sikh you are not obliged to wear helmet and you accept you risk death or serious head injury but no one else has that right.

why is everything ASS backwards in this country now?

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WSJ:
« Reply #913 on: June 30, 2023, 08:31:49 AM »
Democracy Dies Again in California
Democrats retaliate against business with a new wage-fixing board to stop a ballot measure.
By The Editorial Board
June 29, 2023 6:37 pm ET

The early 20th-century progressive era gave birth to California’s ballot referendum that lets citizens overturn state laws. Now Democrats in Sacramento are resurrecting a zombie wage-fixing board to end-run a referendum. Welcome to the modern progressive movement against democracy in the Golden State.


Labor unions are miffed that business groups have qualified a referendum for the November 2024 ballot to invalidate a new state law that establishes a 10-member council to set wages, benefits and working conditions at fast-food chains. As retribution, they’re threatening to impose government control over all businesses.

The budget that Democrats plan to vote on this week includes $3 million to revive the state’s dormant Industrial Welfare Commission, which was established in 1913 to improve working conditions for women and children. California’s constitution and labor code grant the commission sweeping powers to set wages, hours and working conditions for any industry.

The Governor appoints its five members, who must include two representatives of labor unions, two from employers and one from the general public. GOP Governors in the 1980s and 1990s restrained business regulation. In 2004 Democrats de-funded the commission to prevent then GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointees from repealing earlier orders.

Commission orders regulating overtime, minimum wages, meal breaks and rest periods, among other things, are still in effect for 17 mostly lower-wage industries. Those include housekeeping, film production, dry-cleaning and agriculture. Deferential state courts have upheld the legality of the commission and its orders.

Resurrecting the commission is an insurance policy if voters reject the fast-food law and a form of blackmail to extort businesses to drop the referendum. The commission could impose the same mandates as the fast-food council and needn’t abide by California’s Administrative Procedure Act, which establishes rule-making procedures and due-process requirements for agencies.

Fast-food restaurants aren’t the only targets. Democrats want the commission to expand government control over industries such as trucking and home-health aides that unions have struggled to organize. “The fast food industry is one of the industries with the problem, but it’s not the only industry,” says State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo.

The re-established commission could impose joint-employer liability on corporations and contractors, require businesses to give unions access to their workplaces and even declare a four-day work week. Democratic legislators wouldn’t have to take tough votes while businesses would have virtually no political or legal recourse. Unlike state laws, commission orders can’t be overturned by voters. They also can’t block the commission’s resurrection because its funding is included in the state budget.

Businesses don’t need any more reasons to leave the Golden State, but Democrats are giving them one anyway


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WSJ: California's bad math
« Reply #915 on: July 28, 2023, 10:10:14 AM »
California's bad math: Nearly 600 STEM professionals have signed a letter sent to the California Department of Education objecting to the newly proposed woke mathematics curriculum, warning that the new framework will serve to hold back the development of low-income children in the STEM fields. Speaking of inconvenient math, a recent study found that California's decreasing population, now three straight years in a row of people moving out, is having a significant negative impact on tax revenue. In 2021, the Golden State lost over $341 million in tax revenue thanks to its shrinking population. But the bad math isn't just lost tax revenue. Another study found that emergency room wait times in California have drastically increased over the last decade, leading to overcrowding as "capacity has largely failed to match the rise in patient demand." Despite recent losses, California's population grew by 4.2% between 2011 and 2021, but the number of emergency departments decreased from 339 to 326. That might be another reason people are fleeing the state.

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to get.a medical license in California
« Reply #916 on: August 21, 2023, 02:43:56 PM »
takes 6 months

these are the reasons listed for expedition:
California will expedite the licensing process for certain individuals. This will mean that your application will be automatically sent to the front of the line for processing.

This can save months of waiting for licensure.
pay particular attention to lines 3 and 5:
 
To get an expedited license, you must meet one of these requirements:

Honorably Discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces
Practice in Medically Underserved Areas or Populations
Intend to provide abortions within the scope of practice of your medical license;
Spouse or Domestic Partner of an Active Duty Member of the United States Armed Forces
Admitted to the United States as a Refugee, Granted Asylum, or Have a Special Immigrant Visa Status.
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newsom response to theft in California
« Reply #918 on: September 06, 2023, 08:59:17 AM »
instead of enforcing laws and cracking down on thieves
the plan is to crack down on the businesses and their employees:

https://www.newsweek.com/california-bill-employees-confronting-shoplifters-key-vote-1824941

the stupidity of this speaks for itself

could the Dems be taking campaign contributions from gangs?

 :x

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A rant on Californiastan
« Reply #919 on: September 08, 2023, 07:35:42 AM »

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$68B deficit!!!
« Reply #921 on: December 07, 2023, 06:08:58 PM »
« Last Edit: December 07, 2023, 06:13:10 PM by Crafty_Dog »

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Re: California
« Reply #922 on: December 08, 2023, 06:48:12 AM »
yes and all the while the fat cats have their four yr celebrity big shot party celebrating their Democrat candidate in Hollywood

Speilberger Streisgold Katzenplatinum geffenstein silverReiner
etc 

as Michael Savage would say....


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Re: California
« Reply #923 on: December 10, 2023, 07:37:55 AM »
California is not doing so well and Governor Gavin Newsom is beginning to panic and trying to grasp at straws.

But he forgot he banned straws.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/12/the-week-in-pictures-context-edition.php

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Adam Schiff in lead for Diane Feinstein's seat
« Reply #924 on: December 16, 2023, 07:45:35 AM »
Of course,

ex major league baseball player Steve Garvey who is running as Republican is third behind another crat.

https://ktla.com/news/california/new-poll-shows-widening-gap-in-californias-u-s-senate-race/

I don't want to have to see / listen to Schiff in the Senate  :x
He belongs behind bars.

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addendum
« Reply #925 on: December 16, 2023, 07:52:19 AM »



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Re: California: free tranz procedures for illegals
« Reply #928 on: January 08, 2024, 10:20:17 AM »

https://washingtonstand.com/news/california-extends-free-gender-transition-procedures-to-illegal-immigrants

President of Argentina, someone we can learn from, says stop using the word free for things that cost money.  But this story is outrageous.  Elective surgery such as this shouldn't be 'free' to citizens, adults or minors, and shouldn't be included in insurance unless people sought out that coverage.

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Re: California
« Reply #929 on: January 08, 2024, 11:07:03 AM »
"free" trans treatments for illegals

our country is gone.....

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California budget shortfall
« Reply #930 on: January 11, 2024, 11:09:25 AM »
went from 100 bill surplus to 38 bill deficit in 1 yr.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/01/11/gavin-newsom-wants-to-raid-californias-rainy-day-fund-to-help-fill-38-billion-deficit/

Lets not forget the tax revenue  in 2022 for California:

Yes the largest state but no one else even close :

https://www.statista.com/statistics/248932/us-state-government-tax-revenue-by-state/

Add to this the ~ 150 billion they got from Federal Covid money in 2022 :

https://calbudgetcenter.org/resources/american-rescue-plan-provides-assistance-to-millions-of-californians/#:~:text=About%202.7%20million%20Californians%20are%20expected%20to%20benefit,by%20the%20Institute%20on%20Taxation%20and%20Economic%20Policy.

If the Dems win our 34 trill budget could only go up.
Hopefully Trump after the election will talk more about spending cuts though he has never been a fiscal conservative except for some tax cuts.


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Jackasses don’t like their self-inflicted asshattery mentioned by those fleeing CA due to it:

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=14813

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Re: Huge minimum wage boosts
« Reply #933 on: January 31, 2024, 06:46:19 AM »
https://washingtontimes-dc.newsmemory.com/?token=56988ef2a35f158944f618fd528ebd1e_65ba60ea_6d25b5f&selDate=20240131


Economic morons.  Real "minimum wage" is zero.  Most people have no employees, hire no one and pay them nothing. 

Socialism / Communism is when government owns the means of production.  Fascism is when the Government mandates exactly how the "private sector" must run the "private sector", cf. housing, transportation, energy, healthcare, education, hiring, DEI, etc.

Strange that they keep doing more and more of this and call us the fascists.

The other counter-intuitive observation is that Left wingers actually have a stronger belief in the resilience of the private sector than conservatives do.  They think businesses can absorb any and all tax and regulatory cost and never miss a beat.

Wish it were that simple.
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Denny's closes in Oakland, crime
« Reply #934 on: February 01, 2024, 07:36:09 AM »
https://nypost.com/2024/02/01/news/dennys-shutters-only-location-in-oakland-after-more-than-54-years-due-to-high-crime/

Big deal, right? Except 54 years there is probably a pretty prime location, and crime getting worse in Oakland is saying something.

The most shoplifted Walgreens in the US:
https://www.thestreet.com/retailers/heres-what-its-actually-like-at-the-most-shoplifted-walgreens-in-the-u-s
I wonder if it's in a red city or state...  No. It's in San Francisco of course.

Also leaving, Navy, Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, AmazonGo, Saks Off Fifth, Anthropologie and Office Depot.

Then there is KPMG leaving the $400 million KPMG building, San Francisco:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12974813/San-Francisco-KMPG-mall-vacant-homeless-crime.html

Apple employees, move from Calif to Texas or lose job:
https://www.chron.com/culture/article/apple-california-texas-austin-18610773.php
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Re: California
« Reply #935 on: February 01, 2024, 07:58:04 AM »
 I wonder what our economy would look like without the big 7?

where are all the SF IT people going to shop or eat?

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another post today Newsome and gang laugh
« Reply #936 on: February 01, 2024, 08:17:09 AM »
about shoplifting

Can anyone explain to me what the heck is so funny about this reality?:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/01/watch-newsom-shocked-to-hear-californians-blame-him-for-shoplifting-problem/

look at the laughing idiot on the upper right then others grinning from ear to ear later on......

just more middle fingers to American citizens from elites.....


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CA Ignores the Obvious Once Again
« Reply #937 on: February 01, 2024, 03:17:24 PM »
Enjoined for seeking to abrogate the second amendment by extra-constitutional means by making it difficult to purchase ammo:

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20240201/judge-enjoins-california-s-unconstitutional-ammunition-background-check-law-again

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Re: another post today Newsom and gang laugh
« Reply #938 on: February 01, 2024, 03:48:30 PM »
about shoplifting

Can anyone explain to me what the heck is so funny about this reality?:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/01/watch-newsom-shocked-to-hear-californians-blame-him-for-shoplifting-problem/

look at the laughing idiot on the upper right then others grinning from ear to ear later on......

just more middle fingers to American citizens from elites.....

Two things that didn't come out of the DeSantis Newsom debate, DeSantis wasn't put on a glidepath to the GOP nomination and Newsom could not put lipstick on a pig.  He proved that even the very slickest couldn't make tyranny look better than liberty when faced with real world data.

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Throwing Money at the Bullet Train Boondoggle
« Reply #939 on: February 05, 2024, 08:03:48 PM »
IIRC I posted on this topic several years ago. Its status hasn’t changed, but billions more have been tossed down the drain:

Biden, Buttigieg, and Bullet Trains

Both pols are on board a boondoggle for the ages.

February 6, 2024

By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY

California High-Speed Rail Authority

This month, The Hill reports, Joe Biden will travel to East Palestine, Ohio, site of a train derailment that spilled toxic chemicals into the community and forcing evacuations. Biden’s visit comes “roughly one year” after the February 3, 2023 incident. As embattled residents might recall, federal Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also took his time showing up.

“It took him three weeks” to visit the stricken community, Newsweek reported. Asked if he had done a good job as Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg said he was “proud” of what the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had done. On his own performance the former presidential candidate was rather vague.

Jennie Taer, a reporter for the Daily Caller asked Buttigieg, “What do you have to say to the folks in Ohio, East Palestine, who are suffering right now?” Secretary Buttigieg responded that he was “taking some personal time” and referred the reporter to comments he already made. Asked when he would be traveling to Ohio, Buttigieg said he would “share that when I’m ready.”

Buttigieg acknowledged that he “could have spoken out sooner,” and said the incident was “a lesson for me.” The Secretary told CNN he failed to anticipate the political fallout, despite months of transportation problems such as flight cancellations. Those difficulties did not affect the secretary, fond of taking trips on private jets funded by taxpayers.

By early January, 2023, the Transportation Secretary had taken at least 18 trips on private jets, including a trip to Montreal to receive an award. In April of 2022, Buttigieg flew on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Cessna Citation 560XL from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to an executive airport near New York City. En route, the Secretary held a 40-minute meeting with Deborah Archer, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Despite his comfy jet-set ways, Secretary Buttigieg remains a booster of rail projects such as California’s vaunted “bullet train,” which promised to speed passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco at more than 200 mph. In 2021, the federal Transportation Secretary went on record that California’s high-speed rail project could be funded through the pending $2.3 trillion infrastructure program.

At the time, the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) had yet to acquire more than 500 pieces of property from the rightful owners, and money was also an issue. More than three years after the expected completion date of 2020, the $10 billion bond issue has been burned up and the estimated $33 billion for the entire project is now inadequate for the single route from Bakersfield to Merced.

“There is no path to completion for the fantasy rail system that was falsely sold to voters 15 years ago,” observes UCLA economics professor Lee Ohanian. “The only reasonable decision is to end a project that should never have begun.” Buttigieg and Biden don’t think so.

Last December, Secretary Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation, gave the HSRA a grant of more than $3 billion“for continued progress on the country’s first electrified 220-mph high-speed rail system.” HSRA CEO Brian Kelley called the money “just a great leap forward,” and “Speaker Emerita” Nancy Pelosi, issued a “thank you to President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg for their recognition of the importance of high-speed rail to California and to our nation.”

Pelosi’s one-time nephew Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed, “this show of support from the Biden-Harris Administration is a vote of confidence in today’s vision and comes at a critical turning point, providing the project new momentum.” Taxpayers across the nation have a right to wonder about the status of the project at this “critical turning point.”

California’s rail project boasts a Sacramento headquarters and three regional offices. So far it’s working as a sinecure for ruling-class types such as board member Lynn Schenk, a former member of congress and chief of staff for Gov. Gray Davis. Entering the fourth year after the original completion date, California’s bullet train has yet to carry a single passenger. It’s a boondoggle for the ages, with Buttigieg and Biden all aboard.

 
K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at American Greatness.
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Minimum Wage’s Maximum Disruption
« Reply #940 on: February 10, 2024, 08:49:24 PM »
I’m glad I’m no longer in the restaurant biz, particularly in CA. Nitwits on the state employee dole that have never had to make a payroll take a thin margin and make impossibly thinner:

The Perils of Running a Restaurant (or Any Business) in California

The Beacon / by Adam Summers / February 09, 2024 at 04:09PM

It is no secret that the state and local governments make California a very difficult place to do business. The Golden State maintained its perennial position of the worst business climate in the country in Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best and Worst States for Business” survey of hundreds of CEOs from across the nation. (Texas, Florida, and Tennessee once again topped the list.) But things are particularly bad for restaurant owners, and substantial increases in the minimum wage are only making them worse.

California’s minimum wage rose from $15.50 an hour to $16 an hour at the start of the year, but a couple of bills passed last fall will boost it significantly higher for a couple of industries. Assembly Bill 1228 will boost the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 an hour beginning in April—a 29 percent jump in just four months—and Senate Bill 525 will raise it to $23 an hour for healthcare employees (including support staff such as janitors and cleaning crews, security guards, and hospital gift shop workers) in June, rising to $25 an hour in 2026.

In a recent column for The Hill, I discussed the negative, but entirely predictable, effects of such increases in the minimum wage (which are often ignored by the proponents of such measures):

The economic implications are all too familiar, as we have seen this scenario play out over and over again. A portion of the increase in labor costs for minimum wage workers will be passed along to consumers through higher prices. Indeed, within weeks of the fast food minimum wage bill, Assembly Bill 1228, being signed into law in September, McDonald’s and Chipotle announced that they would be forced to raise food prices in California.

Some workers will benefit, but many others will see their hours cut and benefits slashed or end up losing their jobs to compensate for the higher costs. Pizza Hut restaurants across the state are already planning on eliminating more than 1,200 delivery driver positions (a number that is likely to grow) in response. And in New York City, which just raised its minimum wage to $17.96 an hour last month, companies such as Uber and DoorDash are compensating by imposing higher delivery fees, and food delivery workers are seeing fewer tips and reduced hours and scheduling flexibility.

Plus, there will also be fewer jobs in the future, so many others will never get hired in the first place—and it will now be much more difficult for low-skill workers and those new to the job market to get jobs since they now must compete against workers with skills worth $20 an hour.

Automation, such as ordering kiosks, will increase and human-provided service will decrease. Less money will be left over for other innovations or investments in the business. Businesses that are already struggling to get by will close, leading to even more job losses.

Now, we are hearing more evidence of the harm already being caused to restauranteurs and their employees. KRCR-TV, the local ABC affiliate covering Redding and Chico, California, recently interviewed Che Stedman, owner and executive chef of Moonstone Bistro, described as “a popular fine-dining restaurant in west Redding,” which is being forced to eliminate its lunch service due to the new minimum wage law. Steadman explained how, as a fine-dining establishment, his employees would not directly be affected by the minimum wage hike, but the ripple effects of the law certainly would push up their wages—and the restaurant’s expenses.

“We want to be able to hire people,” emphasized Stedman. “But anybody, if they have experience, now wants much more than $20 an hour. And if they have no experience, their opening ask is $20 an hour. Why wouldn’t it be?”

“If you can make $20 an hour at Taco Bell, with no experience, how much money do you think I’m going to have to pay a cook, who actually has experience?” Stedman continued. “I have to compete with that. Worse, I have to compete for somebody who has zero cooking experience. None, none at all!”

In a statement to the news station, Che and his wife and co-owner, Tanya Stedman, bristled at the idea that they might not be valuing their workers sufficiently by criticizing the wage hike and pointed out the plethora of costly government taxes and regulations—on top of normal business expenses—that they have to endure, noting that there is only so much that business owners can take.

We, as business owners, do not feel that we are the ones exploiting people. We pay huge taxes, fees, licenses, inspections, workman’s comp, insurance, you name it. We do this for the right to work really hard, and to create jobs. Yet, we are being told that WE are the reason why people can’t afford their rent. We are told we should pay everyone more, while we work harder, and for less. Employers are unprotected. We have no rights. We don’t get overtime or breaks. The only thing we get is what’s left over after everyone else takes their cut. At some point, the risk outweighs the reward.

For us, we cannot accept more liability and expense. We have to pay our rent, too. So we are reducing our costs. Reducing our liability. We are concentrating our efforts on the area that is most successful. Tanya and I, as most other business owners, are tired of hearing how it’s our fault people can’t afford their lives; tired of being told we need to work harder so other people can have more; tired of being told we should be happy with having less, working more, being liable and responsible for everyone and everything, so other people can have a better life.

In other words, California is becoming like the world of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Marcus Walberg, owner, along with his family members, of four Fatburger franchises in Los Angeles, related a similar tale to Business Insider.

Doing business in California “has been more strained now than any time I can remember,” Walberg told Business Insider. Asked about the effects of the $20 an hour minimum wage, he added, “I feel there will be a lot of pain to workers as franchise owners are forced to take drastic measures.”

In what will certainly become a familiar theme in the industry, Walberg said he would be forced to raise prices, implement a hiring freeze, and cut employee hours and benefits. Despite his reservations about raising prices in a climate where “customers are already complaining that prices are too high,” he anticipates having to raise them in the range of 8-10 percent, on top of an 8 percent increase last year.

As for employees, “We’re not hiring new people to fill jobs,” Walberg said. “We’re being very tight on schedules.”

In addition, he has had to eliminate paid vacation time in anticipation of the minimum wage hike in April, asserting that “We just can’t afford to do that anymore,” even though it “is a real shame.”

Like Stedman at the Moonstone Bistro, Walberg is concerned about the “domino effect” of the minimum wage hike on more skilled and higher-earning employees, who will naturally look for additional compensation or seek other opportunities elsewhere.

“If you’re the shift leader and you’re responsible for making sure everyone got their breaks, you’re not going to do all that extra work for the $20 [an hour] minimum wage,” he said, noting that the same would be paid to “the guy who cooks the burger and goes home.”

“An entry-level manager is now going to want more than $20 an hour,” Walberg added. “All that translates back to the customer having to pay more money because the landlords aren’t going to drop the rent. The money has to come from somewhere.”

As I noted in my column for The Hill, this form of price control affects not only current workers but also potential future workers, particularly those who are new to the job market or who otherwise have lower job skills and fewer employment opportunities.

As Walberg explained, for example, fast-food restaurants will now be less likely to hire an inexperienced teenager. “What you will lose: the kids getting their first job at McDonald’s,” he said.

This all has a rather perverse effect on many lower-skilled workers. By forcing them to compete with higher-skilled workers and eliminating their sole leverage—the ability to voluntarily work for a lower wage—policymakers are not helping them up the ladder of economic opportunity. They are cutting off the bottom rungs and making success that much more difficult.

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Re: Minimum Wage’s Maximum Disruption
« Reply #941 on: February 11, 2024, 05:59:34 AM »
This is a great post exposing s terrible policy. We blame state regulators but the root problem I'm sorry to say is the economically illiterate public.

Minimum wage and rent control are two policies still floating around that 100% of honest economists know hurt the people they are intended to help. And that's just the tip of the tax and regulatory iceberg.

Let's say you and your kid start a lemonade stand and it became successful. Name every law you might potentially be breaking along the path to 'success' (jail) and minimum wage laws would just be one. You couldn't do it, there are so many. I couldn't do it and I have a degree in it. I don't know anyone who could do it. Now try that in California.

Strange that it's legal to stand on a street corner and shake people down for money with no product or service provided whatsoever and report none of it, but if you try to make a legitimate business, everthing you do is against the law.

The highest cost of regulations is unmeasurable, the cost of new businesses not starting.

What minimum wage law should say is that if you want $20 for your wage you must provide minimum of $20 of value every hour., and really it's much more than that.

Every California legislator and voter should understand minimum wage is zero.
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« Reply #942 on: February 20, 2024, 07:06:22 PM »