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Minimum Wage Policy – Another Hit on California Families 

Senate Bill 3 will raise the minimum wage in California to $15 by 2022 for businesses with 26 or more employees, and by 2023 for businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

I have deep concerns about how this bill will impact people and families in California – especially here in the San Joaquin Valley, where unemployment rates remain high and job opportunities are often few and far between. Our communities will no doubt feel the negative ripple effects of this one-size-fits-all legislation much faster than those in coastal regions of the state.

A thoughtful minimum wage policy would recognize the differences in our state’s regional economies and living costs — and at the very least would require a post-implementation analysis of how people, families, businesses, and economies in all parts of the state are impacted. Regretfully, this suggestion was ignored by the Legislature’s Democrat majority. In fact, the bill was introduced and passed through the Legislature in less than four days – with zero opportunity for debate, discussion, or amendments.

During my time in the State Assembly, I have worked hard to construct policies that encourage upward mobility, such as education reforms that will prepare California students for high-paying jobs, and ones that will encourage a wider range of industries to grow in all regions of our state. My Republican colleagues and I have introduced smart reforms to environmental, employment and disability access laws that recognize a balance between the need to protect the health and safety of Californians – while also ensuring that they have a place to work in their own community.

Unfortunately, we are faced with powerful opposition from predictable interests that work to protect the failing status quo in California. Fortunately, we will never give up. And you shouldn’t, either. President Abraham Lincoln once advised, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Like you, I still love California, and am committed to fighting for all that it has been and all that it can be. Our communities, our jobs, and our children are depending upon it.

If you would like to share your thoughts about this new minimum wage policy, please email assemblymember.olsen@assembly.ca.gov, or call my office at 209.576.6425.

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, is recognized as a solution-focused reformer. She represents the 12th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties in the Central Valley. Follow her on Twitter: @KristinOlsenCA

By Assembly Member Kristin Olsen

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