Let ultra-liberal business owners in ultra-expensive San Francisco tell you about minimum wage

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Looking to document the reaction of California businesses to the state’s recently passed six-year plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Associated Press selected ultra-liberal, ultra-expensive San Francisco.

Newsbusters summarized the remarks of the three business owners interviewed:

The first told AP that $15 an hour “is still probably not enough.” The second complained bitterly that the increase should target “multinational corporations” and spare little guys like him. The third demonstrated the likelihood of an upward ripple effect above the minimum-wage level when he signaled his intention to continue to pay more than the minimum even after its 50 percent impact fully hits.

 

And while Democrats in the state are busy patting themselves on the back, it’s not like they were short on “motivation” to act.

The “Fight for $15” national movement is largely funded by the Service Employees International Union, and the Los Angeles Times reported that the union was busy greasing the skids in California:

The same day they voted to raise the minimum wage, five Democratic lawmakers received big campaign checks from a local union of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the group that pressured lawmakers for the wage bill, according to documents filed with the state.

The SEIU Local 1000 Candidate PAC made election contributions of $8,500 each to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose).

The local also gave a $4,200 campaign contribution to Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento).

All of those Democrats voted for the measure.

All of the contributions were made Thursday, the same day the Assembly and Senate approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage in California to $15 an hour over the next six years, according to the campaign finance report.

 

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