In the final hours of its 2013 regular session, the California legislature voted to hike the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 next July and $10 by January 2016 .
Gov. Jerry Brown has already promised to sign the bill.
Here's Orphe Divounguy to explain why minimum wages don't work:
And, for those of you that think minimum wages haven't eliminated jobs, the next time you pump gas for yourself ask yourself what happened to the gas station attendants that used to pump gas and wash your windshields. At some price they could be hired from the pool of out of work youth.. The minimum wage has just priced them out of the market. The same thing when you can't find a department store clerk. The department stores and other retailers can't afford to hire more clerks because the minimum wage is too high to make it affordable.
It's the same thing with those damn automated phone answering services that most firms now use, it's just too expensive to hire human operators. And its the same with grocery store baggers from days of old. Thank you minimum wage.
The damage of minimum wage isn't some theoretical, you have just gotten so use to it that you have forgotten what things were like , or you are too young to know the good old days. I wonder what will become automated next and more inconvenient in California as the minimum wage climbs.