Restaurant Die-Off Is First Casualty Of California’s $15 Minimum Wage
Brian Thomas, The Federalist Papers Project
Restaurants are on the decline in coastal areas of California which have adapted the $15 minimum wage, many closing down altogether.
Guinea pig cities in California testing out the $15 minimum wage increase before the rest of the state have reacted negatively to the change, and that’s pretty bad considering that these areas are far more affluent than their inland neighbors.
[…] San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they get pink-slipped in increasing numbers. And the wage there hasn’t yet hit $15.
As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.