For Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the wage increase is a good way to reach out in an election year. So says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe a senior scholar at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
"The one thing he might risk is the indignation of the conservative right and many of them are indignant already. He knows he has to reach beyond that in order to get the numbers to be elected ”
Mike Hayashida owns Taiko Sushi in downtown Sacramento…. He says everyone will be affected.
“Even though you don’t own a business, it’s going to affect you no matter what, because we’re going to have to raise our prices to compensate for that.”
Under the terms of the deal, the wage will increase seventy-five-cents an hour next year, then another fifty-cents an hour in 2008—up to eight dollars an hour from its from its current six-seventy-five.