California Governor Jerry Brown Announces "Landmark Deal" to Raise State's Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour


Small business owners across the country, many from cities with a $15 minimum wage policy already on the books, are encouraged by California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to reach a $15 wage by 2022 

Across the country business owners and lawmakers are drawing the same conclusion, wages are simply too low for families to get by and it is harming local businesses. When working men and women are struggling to make ends meet they aren’t shopping at local shops and restaurants, they simply can’t afford to.

While low-cost, big box retailers and grocery stores reap the benefits of a low-wage workforce, local independently owned businesses suffer. That is why members of the Main Street Alliance have been active in supporting wage increases in cities and states from Maine to Washington.

Boosting the take-home pay of millions of American workers will accelerate the local economy and increase revenues at the businesses on Main St. The Main Street Alliance and our member businesses applaud Governor Brown and encourage lawmakers across the country to follow his lead.

“I knew a $15 minimum wage would be great for Los Angeles and I know it will be great for California, too. Raising the state-wide minimum wage will lift millions out of poverty and businesses like mine will grow as a result. This legislation will improve people’s lives and it will improve the way we do business.” Kevin Litwin, Chief Operating Officer at Joe’s Auto Parks, with over 90 locations in Los Angeles. Los Angeles passed a $15 minimum wage in 2015.

“We are embracing the $15 minimum wage and are excited to see how a supercharged economy will impact our business. Raising the minimum wage means hundreds of thousands of people in our city now have more money in their pockets. Now, more people can afford to buy an extra scoop or two of their favorite flavors, or try us for the first time.” Molly Moon Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, with seven locations in Seattle. Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage in 2014.

“When I pay my employees more, they go home with more money in their pockets. In turn, they spend that money at shops and restaurants in our community, that’s how our economy works. That is why I am happy to own a business in Portland and even happier to know that our state legislature supports laws that will boost my bottom line.” Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale, with two locations in Portland. Earlier this month, Oregon passed a state-wide tiered minimum wage hike, setting Portland’s wage to rise to $14.75 an hour.