Residents are in revolt after one Gavin Newsom scheme blew up in his face

California has become the poster child for bad governance.

Democrats in the Golden State are pursuing destructive policies.

Now, residents are in revolt after one Gavin Newsom scheme blew up in his face.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a fast food minimum wage law that economists told him would have negative ramifications.

But Newsom signed it anyway as a sop to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Now, the chickens are coming home to roost.

Employers have been forced to lay off workers, cut hours, or shut down restaurants altogether.

All of this was foreseeable because it happens every time Democrat politicians artificially hike the minimum wage too high.

And now customers are beginning to notice.

Sticker shock

In California, patrons of the popular burger chain In-N-Out are suffering sticker shock at the new prices.

ABC7 in Los Angeles reported that the “In-N-Out Double-Double with fries and a drink now costs more than $10 in California. The higher price is due to the state’s new $20 minimum wage for fast food workers. A meal at In-N-Out is $10.45 for a Double-Double, $8.65 for a cheeseburger and $8.15 for a hamburger, The Orange County Register reported. Those prices are before tax. Sales tax in Los Angeles County is 9.5%. That takes the total cost of the Double-Double meal to $11.44.”

Fast food restaurants are an affordable alternative to sit-down restaurants, but the minimum wage hike is causing consumers to think twice about going to their favorite drive-thru.

Briana Valdez, founder and CEO of the restaurant chain HomeState, told Good Morning America, “I know that we are course correcting from a minimum wage that hasn’t kept up with the cost of living index and has not kept up with inflation. The pendulum is swung to kind of make up for a lot of inactive and stagnation with wages. But for restaurants to be the first industry to bear the brunt of this is really tough.”

Employees thought that they could vote themselves to prosperity, but it often does not work that way.

For starters, employees are also consumers, so even if they did not lose their jobs or get their hours cut, they’re paying more for food themselves.

Broader consequences

Tom Manzo, President and Founder of the California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA), wrote in a statement, “Unprecedented wage hikes have unprecedented consequences, especially in California where the odds are already stacked against businesses. The rapid job cuts, rising prices, and business closures are a direct result of Governor Newsom and this short-sighted legislation. California’s business community and its workers deserve better. We need policies that support growth and stability, not ones that jeopardize livelihoods.”

The warning signs were everywhere.

Now, Californians are feeling the squeeze.

Bad economic policy is one of many reasons why people are fleeing the state.

Texas, Tennessee, and Florida are experiencing population booms because of the exodus from California.

Those California refugees include Newsom’s in-laws.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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