Senator Moorlach Leads Spirited Senate Floor Debate to Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Monday, June 1, 2015

(Sacramento, CA ) – Today, Senator Moorlach made the following comments from the Senate Floor in opposition to SB 3 (Leno) which would raise the minimum wage in California.

Senator Moorlach spoke immediately following Democratic Senator Hertzberg’s comments, where Hertzberg asked “what kind of society are we running?” in his support of minimum wage increases. 

“What kind of society are we running?  It’s a capitalistic society.  And we need to honor work.  We need to honor the work of those that are creating the jobs; that are paying the taxes that allow us to subsidize the transportation and everything else.  And it’s the risk takers, it’s the small business people that have to figure out and do the quantifying and analysis.  And they sit down and say how much is it going to cost to do the job of running this small business.  Whether they are a franchisee or starting their own professional business, they’ve got to sit down and say, ‘what am I going to have to pay for rent, and what am I paying for utilities, and what am I paying for all the other expenses, and then what am I paying for payroll, payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, workers comp, benefits, all the rest?’ 

All that math has to be done by someone who is going to take it in the shorts.  And they have to subsidize pay increases.  It affects the owners take home pay, or that owner has to reduce his workforce or cut something.  Because rent is fixed. 

I’m thinking of the small businesses.  Like my son worked for a Cold Stone.  You sit there and kinda analyze how is this owner making it, and is this really worthwhile to do.  If we don’t make it worthwhile to do, then we’re going to lose a lot of jobs…People are looking for ways to cut and remove employees, and we have to be careful.

We have to be real careful.  With a minimum wage increase, you’re attacking business people that are subsidizing this state and this nation.  And, I encourage a no vote.

Press Contact: Amanda Smith @ 714-662-6050, amanda.smith@sen.ca.gov

State Senator John Moorlach is a nationally recognized budget, finance, and fiscal policy expert. Moorlach graduated from CA State University in Long Beach in 1977, passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from CA State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.