KCBS Cover Story: SJ Braces For Economic Impact Of New Minimum Wage

CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – On Monday, 40,000 people who work in San Jose will be getting a raise thanks to the November 2012 election win for Measure D, which raises the base pay in San Jose from $8 to $10 an hour.

Backers were outspent during the campaign by two to one, but Measure D still garnered 60% of the vote, bringing much needed relief to the city’s minimum wage workers.

“It’s more money for books, for food that I spend on campus, for all my little expenses here and there that I use for school,” said one SJSU student who works two minimum wage jobs while juggling her studies. “Two bucks an hour is a lot of money.”

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Mayor Chuck Reed agrees, and that’s precisely why he’s actually concerned about the impending implementation…

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