Local small business owners: “$15 minimum wage could be hard on us”

SACRAMENTO – If legislature approves the deal, California would become the state with the highest minimum wage in the country.

Monday, Governor Jerry Brown and labor leaders announced the struck a deal to raise the current wage of $10 an hour to $15 by 2022.

Small businesses with less than 25 employees would have until 2023 to comply.

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Those who support the initiative say this is a winning vote for California’s working families.

However, those who run small businesses in San Diego say this could force them to cut jobs, increase prices or potentially put them out of business.

“15 dollars an hour is going to be so hard on us,” said David Castellon who manages Dudley’s Deli in Kearny Mesa.

“That means our sandwiches are going to go up, that will go to the consumer,” said Castellon.

Those who support the move say this is a step in the right direction to help balance the economic scale.





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