During the signing ceremony, Brown admitted that the minimum wage can not be justified "economically." In other words, he knows it will cause unemployment among the least productive members of the community. Yet, he called the law "morally correct."
Hell, of a guy. He thinks government coercion, that will prevent businesses from being able to economically hire low-skilled workers, is morally correct.
The truth of the matter is that there is nothing immoral about free exchange, If a worker wants to take an offer to work below a preset government level, why shouldn't that be between the worker and the employer offering the opportunity?
Governor Brown's comment, indicating an understanding that minimum wage laws cause unemployment, reveals the truth behind the Governor's signing of the law, he did it because he was pressured by special interests, in particular, unions. (High minimum wage laws benefit unions by eliminating pesky competition for jobs from non-union workers.) Indeed, at one point in his comments, he admits that it was a "politically correct" move.
It's really sad that a man, who once studied to become a priest, claims his own weakness in not being able to stand up to union influence is really a morally justified stance. It really shows you the horrific nature of politics. Jerry Brown is 77 years old, and even at this late age, he fears to stand up to special interest legislation where he obviously understands that the legislation will cause unemployment among the least skilled in the state.