The reporter in this article can understand that the new laws in the San Francisco Bay area mandating a raise in the minimum wage there to $15 an hour by July of 2018, seems to have had an affect on the areas finances.
So after stating the problem appears to be caused or at least exacerbated by the raise in the minimum wage, does she call for its repeal?Trying to survive on hourly pay of $15 an hour, Gretz feels he has no choice but to make the daily trek up and down the 101. Moving closer to Milpitas and San Jose would mean renting a place that would swallow up the majority of his monthly paycheck.
In search of lower rents, Bay Area residents have moved further away from their jobs – often traveling from one Bay Area city to another for work. According to the US census, for most workers in the Bay Area their commute to work is about 30 minutes long. For those earning $15 and less, however, it can sometimes be as long as one to two hours each way.
That, would be anathema to a good liberal journalist. Why of course the answer is...
As California becomes the first state to approve a proposal for $15 minimum wage, the question becomes: is $15 an hour enough?
Yes that's right, raise the minimum wage even more. See that will stick it to those greedy landlords.
I am reminded of the continuing blossoming of college tuition. My anecdotal observation is that every time the government increases a grant or other financial aid, colleges and universities increase their tuition. Now I may not be a financial giant, but it would seem to me that there is a cause and effect there.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016 ... t-commutes