$12-an-hour minimum wage plan gets shelved in California

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 21, 2014

Ron Unz, a Republican who ran for governor in 1994, abandoned his plan this week to put a $12-an-hour minimum wage on the ballot.

Unz had been arguing since last fall that the wage increase would be beneficial to all residents because it would make working people less reliant on welfare and other government aid.

This week though Unz said he was unable to get enough donations to match his own money to fund the campaign.

Manufacturers often already pay much higher wages than the current minimum wage but CMTA consistently argues that the likely increases in supply chain costs would negatively impact manufacturing growth in the state.  

Unz said he hopes the state Legislature will tackle the issue, though lawmakers voted only last year to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown signed.

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