Gov's Order Sparks Downtown Business Concerns
K Street businesses will be affected
So what about the effect of the governor’s order on the downtown Sacramento businesses that rely on all those state workers to survive? Many of them are worried.
Monday, August 4, 2008
At the downtown Sacramento institution known as Frank Fat’s, manager Contier Mah says state employees make up 80 percent of the lunch crowd.
Mah: “Most business at our lunch time are from state workers. So we have a little bit worry (sic) about min wage.”
And at one of the many coffee shops near the Capitol, manager Mitesh Bulsara agrees.
Bulsara: “I’m worried about pay my bills and rent because if they don’t come, I don’t got business.”
Chad Murphy’s already seen a drop-off at the K Street mini-mart and deli where he works.
Murphy: “We got regulars that come here that are from over there, and I haven’t seen any of them that usually come on a day-to-day basis.”
The state is the largest employer in Sacramento County, but not all businesses are worried. A manager at Chops, a restaurant across from the Capitiol, says he thinks they’ll be fine.