Quote of the Day: Gov. Jerry Brown explains rationale for min. wage increase

Posted by: ST on April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am
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California Governor Jerry Brown (D) made a candid admission yesterday in an effort to justify his signing into law a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour:

Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” the governor said. “But morally and socially and politically they make every sense, because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way.”

Reason’s Scott Shackford reacts:

The key word is “politically.” Politics don’t hold communities together. But they can keep entrenched interests in power.


You can watch video of Brown’s remarks here, via MRC.

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6 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Gov. Jerry Brown explains rationale for min. wage increase”


  1. JimB says:

    It’s just hard to comment on things like this. We must not use logic and reason to explain this. But the need for power and control is very evident in all they do. And yes, BINGO!

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The problem Brown and members of his ilk have in understanding how a business works is that they have no business experience whatsoever. They have spent their entire working life on someone else’s payroll. They seem to have this gross misconception that business owners are sitting on huge piles of money they refuse to share with their employees.

    Here is a challenge for them: since you are so omniscient, start a business of your own and show us how it is done.

  3. TomTB says:

    The REAL effect of raising the minimum wage is there will be FEWER entry level jobs, and the folks who have and need them will be working longer hours.

  4. Gray Brendle says:

    I think that Gov. Brown is actually in the minority if he actually believes that increasing minimum wage rates don’t make economic sense. Most progressives, i.e., Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders & Paul Krugman argue that there is no economic cost to increases in minimum wage rates. Mr. Krugman does so even though the most widely used college level micro economic text book has his name on the by line and goes through almost all of the accepted facts with increasing minimum wage…

  5. Ernie Chambers says:

    Jerry Brown is a colostomy bag with ears!