On Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown announced a six-year plan to boost the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour.
"It's a matter of economic justice. It makes sense," Brown said at a news conference at the state Capitol.
The plan, expected to be voted on by the Legislature before the end of the week, would raise the statewide minimum wage by 50 cents on Jan. 1 to $10.50 an hour. From there, it would rise to $11 in 2018 and subsequent dollar-a-year increases ending at $15 on Jan. 1, 2022.
So Governor, if minimum wage hikes don't hurt the economy and it's about economic justice, why wait until 2022 to raise the rate to $15.00? Raise it now.
The only answer is, of course, that minimum wage hikes do cause problems for the economy.
Lots of problems:
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The only thing that is likely to bail out a $15.00 minimum wage in 2022 is the fact that price inflation will be so aggressive that a hike to $15.00 won't mean anything at that time.