Sacramento, CA -- After the Governor signed the state's minimum wage increase bill today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association urged the Governor to ensure that California clears a path for high wage job creation.
"We hope that raising the minimum wage will not unduly increase costs of doing business and discourage job creation in the state," said CMTA president Jack Stewart. "To avoid that outcome we urge the Governor to relieve regulatory and tax burdens so that California becomes a better place to grow middle class manufacturing jobs that do not rely on minimum wage protections. "
The average manufacturing wage in California is $74,000 per year and each job in the sector supports at least 2.5 others in the economy. The industry's employment has grown by less than one percent since 2010 while the nation has grown more than 4.5 percent.
"If California wants to lead on minimum wage, it can't stop there," concluded Stewart. "We must roll out the welcome mat for new manufacturing investments that will inevitably give minimum wage workers a brighter future."