I covered the Steve Glazer vs. Susan Bonilla death match for state Senate last year. Bonilla’s camp accused Glazer of essentially being a Republican — and all sorts of other things. No doubt Glazer courted Republican support. But when it came to the minimum wage vote, Glazer stuck with the Democratic majority — and his friend Jerry Brown. Here is Glazer’s statement from Thursday:
Sacramento – “I voted today to support Senate Bill 3, a balanced plan that will lift millions out of poverty with a minimum wage increase while providing long-term stability and predictability for employers.
“The California minimum wage was established in 1916. There have been 27 increases over the past 100 years. Big spikes were followed with pauses, which has resulted in unpredictability and turmoil for businesses and workers.
“These minimum wage jobs are difficult and strenuous, and taking home a paycheck that cannot even cover rent, food and medicine is an unacceptable status quo.
“No bill is perfect, and we will need to carefully oversee its six-year phase-in to be sure it is achieving the desired results.”
SB 3 phases in gradual increases from the current $10 an hour rate to $15 by 2022. It provides an annual cost of living cap at 3.5 percent starting in 2024.
Other Democrats were a little more ebullient. Here is statement from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom:
“This is a great day for California’s low-wage workers and their families, and I applaud SEIU-UHW’s leadership role helping make this happen,” said Newsom. “Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators have stepped up to the plate on behalf of working people to make California the national leader for economic equality.”