Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Passage of Minimum Wage Bill

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to Senate Bill 3 that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
“This bill is a false promise to those who are struggling to get ahead. While it may help some in the short-term, raising the minimum wage by 50 percent will eventually force many small businesses to make some tough choices. The unintended consequence may well be fewer entry-level jobs in the long-run.
“As Governor Brown’s own Department of Finance once wrote, ‘minimum wage laws are not free.’ This bill will significantly increase the state’s budget costs by at least $4 billion by 2021. The impact on private sector employers will be even larger.”