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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California lawmakers OK $15 minimum wage

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California Senate approves measure to raise minimum wage to $15

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 Joe Mathews: Only San Jose stands in way of San Francisco

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 Separate funding needed for fighting wildfires and managing forests

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Vilsack, water
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In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Republicans
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 Cal-Access proved in three hours why it needs immediate upgrades

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In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Bob Hertzberg, Rob Lapsley, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Brown facing midnight deadline on bills to toughen tobacco laws

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 The Republican senators skipping Trump's convention in Cleveland

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, Robert Stutzman
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In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party
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 Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

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In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Legislature, SEIU
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 Could Donald Trump make a run at California in November election?

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 Ramiro Gomez 'On Melrose' at Charlie James Gallery

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 SLO Council approves bonuses for Lichtig and Dietrick

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Here's Why We Can't Rely on Shareholders to Fix CEO Pay

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In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Can San Jose save California from San Francisco? Joe Mathews

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Joe Mathews, Gavin Newsom
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 Powerball jackpot at $348 million, approaching top 10 U.S. payouts

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 Democrat David Guzman drops out of race against Rep. Tony Cardenas

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 California residents cut water use 24.3 percent in March

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 A San Diego Refugee And Real Estate Professional Talk Politics

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 Dan Walters: Jerry Brown's bill helps his crime initiative quest

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Leadership of Coliseum Commission assailed as 'imperial,' lacking transparency by state official

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 Homeowner Rights Under Attack by Lawyers and Lobbyists

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 Gov. Brown: May is Small Business Month

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 Essential California: Pot campaign kicks off in San Francisco

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In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Californians deserve more transparency on bullet train finances

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 Surveying the challenges of a minimum wage hike

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In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Charles Brown, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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