In California, the state that least understands “cause and effect”, City of Long Beach recently enacted a mandatory pay increase of $4 er hour per son, for grocery store workers. Of course this would be paid for by the companies. Kroger, the company that owns Ralphs, quickly closed two stores in response. Long Beach was warned about the possible consequences, yet officials persisted.
Not to be outdone, Irvine is now considering the same plan. All this does is hurt the people who may be reliant on public transportation, and can no longer shop in their neighborhoods. Kroger’s response will be seen on a mass scale all over the country if a mandatory $15 minimum wage is enacted.