The California Governor is Out of Control
Raising the Minimum Wage
January 12th 2006
The minimum wage
law should be abolished. Raising the minimum wage always hurts poor
people and those on a fixed income the most. Wealthy and middle
class citizens are not affected by a raise in the minimum wage.
The minimum wage
raises the cost of everything, even though few people receive it.
It hurts small businesses more than big businesses. Many of the
smaller restaurants and retail stores pay their employees minimum
wage, while the larger unionized stores pay their employees more.
Labor unions also
hurt poor people and people on fixed incomes. These unions also
hurt the US economy and help put Americans out of work. The unions
make American products less competitive in the world market, and I
believe is the primary factor for Americans losing manufacturing
jobs to overseas competitors.
So why has
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to hurt the California
economy and make it harder for poor people to survive here? The
Governor is going along with a plan to raise the minimum wage a
dollar over the next two years.
The rise in the
minimum will likely cost some of Californians their jobs and make it
more difficult for them to find new ones. The Governor has been
“relatively” fiscally conservative up to now. He has represented
the fiscally conservative wing of the Republican Party while the
President has lost all control over fiscal responsibility.
The governor said
"we face more than $500 billion in infrastructure needs over the
next 20 years." He plans on spending $107 billion for
transportation and air quality programs, $48.2 billion for school
facilities, $11.7 billion for higher education facilities, $35
billion for flood control and water supply programs, $17.4 billion
for public safety facilities, and $3.3 billion for courts and other
public service facilities.
The issue is
summed up well by Benjamin Powell writing for the Independent
Institute “Schwarzenegger’s tenure as governor has been an utter
disappointment for those who do not want California’s government to
expand.” Following the lead of other Republicans, the governor
plans on borrowing money to help pay for the increase in spending.
The sales tax is
the primary source of income for the State of California. There is a
minimal income tax here, but the bulk of the taxes collected are
through the sales of goods. This type of tax hurts the poor more
than the wealthy. This prompts us to ask “why has the governor
began this assault on the poor people”?
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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