I don’t know Bob Schelen, but I recognize his party’s favored political tactic to ignore inconvenient facts and repeat stuff that sounds ideologically better.
Schelen says that raising minimum wage will not kill jobs. Of course, raising minimum wage will kill jobs. It will kill jobs for thousands of young people, 16-24 years of age … those already most unable to find work. The media has labeled them “The Jobless Generation.”
Currently, the unemployment rate for Americans ages 16-24 stands at 16.2 percent. Young Americans face the worst job prospects since the Great Depression. Unemployment will continue to haunt them throughout their lives — research estimates that they will lose $20 billion in earnings over the next 20 years.
Minimum-wage jobs are entry-level jobs. Without them, young people, even those with solid academic credentials, are unable to launch their careers. Increase minimum wage and California businesses absolutely will hire fewer people out of financial necessity, and even more young people will be economically scarred for life.
After the politicians in his party raised California taxes to be the highest in the nation, where does Schelen think business will get the money to pay higher wages? Do he and his political party think there are hidden money trees? Do they think California businesses can print money like the federal government? Apparently they do. They are wrong.
Please urge your representatives in the state Assembly to vote no on Assembly Bill 10. It surely is a job-killer for young people in this state.