JERRY BROWN: ‘Economically, minimum wage may not make sense’… Signs legislation anyway

Gov. Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York.

The bill’s enactment comes one week after Brown, Democratic lawmakers and labor leadersannounced an agreement on the wage increase, averting a brawl on the November ballot.

In adopting the measure, California joined New York as the first states in the nation to enact a plan to raise their statewide minimums to $15. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his state’s legislation and was cheered by labor unions at a rally moments before Brown spoke in California.

Brown, a fiscal moderate, had previously expressed reservations about a wage increase. But amid growing concern about income inequality in California and the national thrust of the labor-backed “Fight for 15” campaign, his hand was forced. Public opinion polls showed strong support for increasing the state’s mandatory minimum beyond its current $10.

The compromise Brown offered lawmakers – then celebrated with a bill-signing in Los Angeles – includes a provision allowing the governor to postpone a wage increase in the event of an economic downturn. It replaces a ballot measure that, if passed, would have raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2021, a year faster.

Brown, traveling to the state’s largest media market to sign the landmark bill, remained hesitant about the economic effect of raising the minimum wage, saying, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense.”

But he said work is “not just an economic equation,” calling labor “part of living in a moral community.”

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article69842317.html

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  • Robert Ketchen

    OK California get ready for that fast food burger to go from $4.00 to $14.00 !!! enjoy it !!

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  • Sandi

    When you study the history of the minimum wage, it only makes a difference for 1 year. After that, prices go up and the minimum wage worker finds him/herself right back at or below poverty level.

    Perhaps we should have a maximum wage instead.

  • Zaphod Braden

    How many times has the minimum wage been increased?
    Yet they are still POOR.
    A “Global Economy” presupposes “Global WAGES.
    You, your children will be working for the same pay as
    Bangladeshis and Chinese.
    The Standard of Living will be EQUALIZED.
    THAT is what they mean by “equality”