Campaign 2010

Sep 25, 2013

Hardworking Californians Get a Raise, No Thanks to Brian Nestande

As California’s minimum wage increase is signed into law today, workers and their families can thank the many leaders who voted to put more money in their pockets and grow the middle class – but not Assemblyman Brian Nestande. When it came to Californians’ paychecks, Assemblyman Nestande stood with Tea Party extremists instead of the people working hard to get ahead.

Working families have gone without an increase to the federal minimum wage since 2009, and according to a Hart Research Associates poll, 80 percent of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage.

“Assemblyman Brian Nestande would rather stand with the Tea Party than everyday California families who deserve to make a good living for working hard,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “People who work hard and play by the rules deserve better from their leaders, but Assemblyman Nestande would just be one more voice who would put special interests ahead of everyday people in Washington.”

BACKGROUND

Governor Jerry Brown to Sign California Minimum Wage Bill. “With a scrawl of Gov. Jerry Brown's pen, California's minimum wage will be set to begin rising incrementally for the first time in years, eventually to $10 an hour. Democrats advanced Assembly Bill 10, by Watsonville Democrat Luis Alejo, over the protestations of Republicans warning about a detrimental effect on California's economy, with Brown taking the rare step of signaling his plans for a bill while the Legislature was still debating it.” [Sacramento Bee, 9/25/13]

Nestande Voted Against Raising the California Minimum Wage. On September 12, 2013, Assemblyman Brian Nestande voted against raising the California minimum wage to $10.00 by 2016, the highest of any state in the country. “Gov. Jerry Brown has already promised to sign the bill, making California a leader in a growing movement to increase wages for the working poor spurred by protesting fast-food workers across the country.” The bill passed in the state Assembly 52-25. [AB 10, Assembly votes, 9/12/13; Mercury News, 9/13/13]

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost California Workers’ Income by $4,000. “More than 90% of minimum-wage workers in the state are over the age of 20, while nearly 2.4 million of the state's children live in a household with a parent who earns minimum wage, according to the statement. The proposed bump would boost a full-time worker's income by about $4,000 to around $20,000 a year, still several thousand dollars below the poverty level for a family of four.” [CNN, 9/12/13]

Raising Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Pull More than Half of the Nation’s Working Poor Out of Poverty. “Raising the minimum wage to just $10.10 per hour would pull more than half of the nation’s working poor out of poverty, according to a new study. The study by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization focusing on racial equity in the restaurant industry, discovered that nearly 58 percent or roughly 6 million of the 10.4 million U.S. workers living below the federal poverty level in 2011 would be pulled out by such an increase.” [Huffington Post, 6/20/13]

Poll: 80% of Americans Support Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10. Eight in ten adults (80%) support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) say that raising the minimum wage should be an important priority for Congress to address over the next year. [National Employment Law Project Action Fund, Hart Research Associates, 7/23/13]


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