California's $20 Wage Ignites Disastrous Unintended Consequences

By Bo Beard | May 29, 2024

Cascade of repercussions

California's landmark legislation, Assembly Bill 1287, which mandates a $20 per hour minimum wage for fast-food workers, has ignited a contentious debate surrounding its far-reaching implications across various sectors. 

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The comprehensive wage increase, intended to bolster the livelihoods of fast-food employees, has precipitated a cascade of repercussions, from job cuts and price hikes in the fast-food industry to its resonance in public school cafeterias.


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California's raise in fast-food worker salaries has influenced consumer prices, with Chick-fil-A notably increasing prices by 10% statewide.