Gov's Order Sparks Downtown Business Concerns

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(Sacramento, CA)
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.