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California Minimum-Wage Jump to Hit Virus-Battered Companies

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would keep in place a planned jump in the state's minimum wage to $14 an hour next year for larger businesses, saying it would help hard hit lower-income workers even as many companies struggle to su...
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Who Are Real Poverty Pimps? They’re Democrats: Walters

By most metrics, California has a poverty problem. One out of every five Golden Staters lives below the “line,” which recently has been recalibrated and no longer masks the truth. CALmatter’s Dan Walters opines that he knows the main culprit in his July 22 ...

Minimum Wage Hike Has Unintended Consequences: Walters

In his Jan. 7 CALmatters column, Dan Walters explores the minimum wage debate taking place across the country, but particularly here in progressive California. Walters offers a balanced perspective and shows that, for every benefit from policies like minimu...