HOUSTON, TX – Would you like a pay raise? Minimum wage workers in California just got one.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will increase pay from $8 an hour to $10 an hour.
At the signing Gov. Jerry Brown said, “Our society over the last 30 years has experienced a growing gap between those who do the work at the bottom and those who occupy the commanding heights of the economy.”
That means the poor are getting poorer – and the rich, richer.
This increase won’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual increase from 8 bucks this year to nine next year and ten by January 2016. But it’s still it’s a raise and some Houstonians think Texas should do the same.
‘Yes, yes, they should. I have friends who make that much and have lots of bills and they’re struggling real bad,’ says Randi Press. ‘The cost of living is high and the cost of merchandise in the store is high and that’s the reason why they’re supposed to raise minimum wage in Texas.”
But Texas doesn’t set its own minimum wage rates; it follows the federal standard. So unless our elected officials increase the rate, nothing will change here in the Lone Star State which maybe a good thing some say.
“I think in the long run it’ll probably hurt business and even hurt employment too. They have enough unemployment in California anyway,” says Al Hubner.
Things still aren’t golden in the Golden State.