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California Fast Food Employees Are Now Some of the Highest Paid Workers In America

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After legislation passed, effective on April 1st, California fast food employees are now among some of the highest-paid people in the entire country. Many welcome this pay increase, especially because the cost of living in California is so high. However, the truth is, that even with a  pay increase, many are still struggling to even afford housing in the state. Real estate expert Michael Bordenaro talked about this in his recent video.

Creating Difficulties For Small Businesses

One of the biggest concerns with the wage increase, is the possibility for negative consequences on the overall economy, both in the short and long term.

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While it may seem like higher wages is a huge win for workers, it is putting significant pressure on businesses, especially ones that are small family owned franchises. Just in the short time since the pay increase went into effect many small businesses have been forced to close their doors because they can’t afford to pay employees $20 and still make a profit.  

Tackling Wage Disparities

The new law has propelled over half a million fast food workers in California to a minimum wage of $20 an hour, making their average earning wage the highest in the United States. 

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While this may come off as a significant improvement, the candid reality is that $20 an hour still doesn’t cut it when it comes to being able to afford housing in California. Despite earning $41,000 annually, many workers are finding it difficult to make ends meet, oftentimes having to live with a roommate or family members just to cover living costs.  

The Ripple Effect 

The consequences of the wage increase are extended far past the fast food industry itself, affecting other businesses and sectors as well. 

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With the statewide minimum wage still at $16 an hour, employers in many other industries may start to feel pressured to raise their wages in an effort to remain competitive, causing more strain on the economy. 

Optimism Vs. Realities

For many employees, especially the younger people and those supporting their families, the wage increase gives them a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, especially when tasked with the challenges of living in the most expensive state in the country. 

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However, the imminent risk of a reduction in hours, employment loss, and inflation is casting a dark cloud over the new financial gains.   

Inflation Is A Concern

Additionally, the wage increase has ignited concerns about the inflation in California, the possibility that it could degrade the purchasing power is very real.

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As prices continue to spike as a response to higher wages, the net benefit to employees could diminish over time, leaving them in the same situation as before. 

Other States

As California sets the tone with the minimum wage increase, it is possible that other states may follow suit, causing concern for the broader consequences on the economy and the workforce across the country.

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Will the wage increase lead to more prosperity for employees, or will it only make the current economic difficulties worse? 

Fair Wages Combined With Economic Stability

Amidst these uncertainties, individuals and policymakers both are confronted with the complex questions about creating balance between fair wages, economic stability, and the affordability of living essentials. 

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How can we guarantee that the age increases will create long term benefits without hurting the viability of businesses and the economy as a whole?

Different Solutions 

What do you think? How can policymakers create a balance between ensuring fair wages for workers and safeguarding the viability of small businesses, specifically for those that are in high-cost regions like California? 

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What other solutions could be explored to address the housing affordability crisis in California? 

Economic Trends

Ultimately, the story of fast food workers in California is reflective of larger economic trends and difficulties that workers all over the country are dealing with.

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As the debate over minimum wage continues to evolve, it’s clear that there are no easy solutions, but thoughtful consideration and collaboration are essential to navigate these complex issues and build a more equitable future for all.

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