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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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In this article: PPIC, technical education, Dan Walters
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 Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop in San Francisco

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy
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 Republican women call for lawmaker to step down after domestic violence allegations

Pressure for Assemblyman Roger Hernández to step down amid allegations of domestic violence increased on Thursday as three prominent Republican women joined the small, yet growing, bipartisan group of voices demanding action. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, California Republican Party, Cristina Garcia, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Mimi Walters
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 Election 2016: Bernie Sanders campaigns in Pomona

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 Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop in San Jose

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 Trump as nominee reality sets in for California Republicans

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Eastman, Jim Lacy, Raphael Sonenshein
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 Sacramento mayor's race sets new city record for spending

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 Senate bill says religion no excuse for LGBT discrimination

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In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, John Moorlach
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 Republicans call on Roger Hernández to resign over domestic violence allegations

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In this article: Patricia Bates, California Republican Party, Legislature, water
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 Connecting the donor dots in California outside spending campaigns

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In this article: Eli Broad, Anna Caballero, Eric Jaye
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 California Republicans Call on Roger Hernandez to Step Down

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In this article: Patricia Bates, California Republican Party, Roger Hernandez, Legislature, Mimi Walters
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 Lawmakers debate ban on gender price differences

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In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Ann Ravel
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 $15 minimum wage will lead to robots, says McDonald's ex-CEO. Will it? (+video)

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In this article: LEE L. ADLER, minimum wage
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 Mailer attacks Steinberg over Senator arrests, McKinley Village

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In this article: Phil Angelides, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Mailer attacks Steinberg over senator arrests, McKinley Village

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In this article: Phil Angelides, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 California needs a plan on computer science classes

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In this article: Susan Bonilla, Gavin Newsom
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 Cap & trade auction fails to raise millions in anticipated revenue

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 Judge to hear argument for dismissal of San Bernardino County corruption case

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In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Protect transitional kindergarten for students and schools

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
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 California's cap-and-trade carbon emission system may be failing

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In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Legislature
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 Special interests spend big in mayor's race

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In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Steinberg
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 The Latest: California Senate backs nail salon tipping bill

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 Pink razors and blue razors should cost the same under gender-pricing measure the California Senate just approved

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 Accomplice of notorious 'Freeway Killer' fatally beaten in prison

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In this article: Drought, Tony Rackauckas, water
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 Bill banning 'gender tax' clears California Senate

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In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Steven Glazer, Ben Hueso, Connie Leyva, John Moorlach, Bob Wieckowski
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 Only a fourth of SLO County mail in ballots returned

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In this article: Debbie Arnold, John Peschong
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 You can thank the drought for improved water quality at Southern California beaches

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 $15 minimum wage will lead to robots, says McDonald's ex-CEO. Will it?

The former chief executive spoke while 'Fight for $15' protesters marched in front of McDonald's headquarters outside of Chicago.  »Read

In this article: LEE L. ADLER, minimum wage
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 Watchdog group shows 'cozy' emails between state regulators and utility executives

The Santa Monica consumer group that prompted an investigation into contacts by the top aide for Gov. Jerry Brown with regulated utilities earlier this year has built a searchable public database of thousands of internal emails to and from her ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jamie Court, Fair Political Practices Commission, Nancy McFadden, Michael R. Peevey
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 Connecticut's top court upholds ban on death penalty in state

(Reuters) - Connecticut's top court on Thursday upheld its ban on executions in the state in a decision that will spare the lives of 11 death row inmates. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Richard Robinson, Richard Robinson, Michael C. Ross
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 Hispanic congressman: California Dems lack of support for Loretta Sanchez is 'disgraceful'

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In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Thomas Del Beccaro, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Dolores Huerta, John A. Perez, PPIC, Anthony Rendon, Loretta Sanchez, Luis Vizcaino
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 Election high jinks? Why these interest groups are backing a Republican and a Democrat in the same Assembly race

The California Realtors Assn. has put more than $207,000 toward getting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) reelected in a tough intra-party fight in the Inland Empire. But instead of sticking to a single candidate, the political power ... »Read

In this article: Leo Briones, Cheryl Brown, Brian W. Maas, SEIU, Parke Skelton
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 California bill would ban smoking at youth sports events

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 "Done with Dunn" Website Debuts

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 For California Senate Seat, a Democrat-vs.-Democrat Contest Looms

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In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, John McCain, Barack Obama, PPIC, Loretta Sanchez, Dan Schnur, Pete Wilson
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 Surf's up! 21 Summer shows worth staying in to watch

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 QUIRK-SILVA DENOUNCES POLITICIAN TRUMP USING HATE SPEECH FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN

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