CA legislators consider bills on concert tickets and work calls

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago speaks during the floor session on Feb. 20, 2024. (Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters)

As California legislators got back to work Monday, some are pushing ambitious bills on contentious topics. 

Some interesting ones that will be debated in the next few weeks:

Fast food wage hike: Attention also focused on a law the Legislature passed last year that took effect Monday — a $20 an hour minimum wage for thousands of fast food workers.

It’s still up in the air which restaurants will have to pay the higher wage. But that didn’t stop Republicans opposed to the law from using the opportunity to bash Democrats from Gov. Gavin Newsom on down and to warn of dire consequences, which may or may not happen.

  • Senate GOP leader Brian Jones, in a statement: “Get ready for $20 burgers and fries served up by robots. Governor Newsom, Democrat lawmakers, and special interests are completely responsible for the mass layoffs of fast food workers and collapsing businesses in California.”

On the other side, labor groups and their supporters celebrated the higher wage as “real relief” to working families struggling with California’s cost of living. The law is expected to have more impact on business persons who own a handful of franchises than on multinational chains of hundreds of restaurants. 

  • The California Alliance of Family Owned Businessesin a statement: “California lawmakers have singled out family-owned fast food franchise operators to target with wage and regulatory requirements not imposed upon other businesses…. The minimum wage for one should be the same for all.”

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