Self-service kiosk ar McDonald's, Friargate, Preston

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

California is set to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

It’s a new reality that was cemented last week by the state-controlled democrat legislature.

The ill-conceived political move does more that just boost the pay floor for some 3 million workers as portrayed. It does much, much more.

This increase in the base floor in may cases also boosts upwards the pay of other workers, rippling across all hourly wage positions.

In other words, raising the minimum wage increase prices.

Just image what industries are impacted.

Businesses such as Fast Food, Restaurants, Hotels, Public Service, Manufacturing (What’s left of it!), Migrant Seasonal Agriculture, Entertainment, Leisure, Grocery, and many, many others will be more costly to operate.

Those increases in cost will be passed along in higher prices.

One area, housing, is less affected.

Because the massive wage boost is spread over essentially five years, the accompanying price inflation will be gradual. But it will happen simultaneously.

For politicians to think that a minimum wage boost will not boost retail prices is either naive or fool-hardy.

Please jot down what the price of a Big Mac is today and compare it each year going forward.

I guarantee no one will be pleased. Especially people who eat food to survive.

Beneficiaries of the wage boost will in fact need the extra dough. To pay for the higher priced goods and services.

It’s a cause and effect situation.

Don’t be shocked when more and more companies rapidly move to automation to replace workers.