On July 1, the minimum wage in California increased slightly to $9 an hour. In 2016, it goes to $10 an hour. This is the hourly pay of some of the hardest-working Californians. Some don’t even collect that when employers refuse to pay for the hours they actually worked.
The state’s minimum wage legislation was passed in 2013. A related bill, AB 2074, was approved this year providing for collection of past due wages for a full three years. Both became law over the “no” votes of San Luis Obispo County’s Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.
He styles himself as a small businessman who cares for his constituents. Many of the hard-working consumers who drive our local economy continue struggling, along with others across the country. They find it difficult just to feed and house their families.
How can anyone cast the votes Achadjian does and still argue that he is the friend of low-income workers and their families? Is he simply voting for himself and his supporters — the rich who keep getting richer?