Minimum wage rises for spoiled Californians


Ben Brown, Staff writer

After Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 on Sept. 23, which will raise the minimum wage in California from $8 to $10 over a three-year span, many people started getting excited.

I mean, who doesn’t want to get paid more for the same work? I know I do. The only problem I have with this is, it just seems too good to be true.

I’ve always followed the slogan “If it seems too good to be true then it probably is,” and this new minimum wage bills fits the phrase in my book.

While doing the same job and getting paid more might put more money in your pocket immediately, it ultimately may cost you more down the road and hurt this economy.

Let’s take me for example. I work in the customer service industry at a small local family-owned franchise.

This franchise fields about nine or 10 different locations in the Sacramento area. While my place of operation mainly makes its money seasonally, it gets traffic all year around.

Of course big corporations like Starbucks or Target may see no effect to having to pay their workers a dollar or two more down the road, but small mom and pop places will.

A lot of these places like my workplace are not racking up the big bucks and coasting off into paradise. It’s more along the lines of doing enough to get by to provide for their families.

With this bill, small workplaces will not be able to afford to pay people more for the same work. This will bring about layoffs and maybe shut some places down leading to an increase in unemployment.

Unemployment is already bad enough but who says it won’t be worse with a higher minimum wage?

The majority of workers working on minimum wage nowadays are kids right out of high school or college.

Many kids who go straight to work after graduating high school have no experience and sometimes no work ethic.

With companies having to pay more for the same work, don’t you think they will try to weave out the workers who are doing just enough to get by and attempt to bring in workers who will go above and beyond what is required of them?

In my workplace, not much skill is required. As long as you can run a cash register and communicate with customers you can do the job.

Employers are now going to pick and choose their workers tougher and harder to maximize profits.

Getting paid more is always a good thing because you’re going to have more money to live off of and be able to spend right?


As Americans, we still have to pay for taxes which are a percentage, so paychecks will still take a hit.

Plus, who says inflation won’t rise with this bill? Gas is bad enough as it is, I don’t want to see it raise more.

Our everyday essentials like food and clothes are only going to cost us more to obtain because everyone is taking a hit.

I understand some people work too hard for their money and everyone should be able to provide and support themselves but it’s life, this isn’t a perfect world.

We can’t always do the things we want and envision. So why try to turn it into one?

California is already one of the most expensive states to live in and we already earn a higher minimum wage here than what our federal government has set.

We need to stop being greedy and take what has been given to us because it will cost us more eventually.