1st District Senator Ted Gaines today issued the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 3, which will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2022:
“Our job in the legislature should be to help people climb the economic ladder, not cut off the bottom rungs. That is exactly what will happen if we shove through this unprecedented cost increase on businesses.
“This policy will be a gain for those lucky enough to keep their minimum wage jobs, for sure. It will be a disaster for those who lose them because they don’t have the experience or skill to justify that wage. They will be unemployed. Their minimum wage will be zero.
“This poorly conceived policy will raise employer costs on worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and taxes and will help cement California’s position as the worst place to do business in the nation. This increase would be a fake rising tide that would actually sink a lot of boats.”
View Senator Gaines’ Floor comments on Senate Bill 3 via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedGaines
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which along with Lassen County includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.