SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to a plan that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
“Opportunity inequality is a major reason why so many Californians are living in poverty. I’m very concerned that the policy of today’s announcement will deepen that inequality by making it more expensive to create new jobs for people with limited skills and experience. It could lead to the unintended consequence of businesses reducing hours or cutting jobs for existing employees if this deal is enacted into law. It could also lead to a higher cost-of-living because many businesses will have to raise their prices to comply, thus hitting those in poverty the hardest.
“California should instead pass laws that make it easier for job creators to invest in our state, especially in communities with few job opportunities.”