"On behalf of 5,100 family-owned businesses, which employ more than 63,000 San Diegans, the California Restaurant Association and the Neighborhood Market Association are fully committed to the health, welfare and success of our workforce and the communities we serve. When reviewing any proposed increase to the minimum wage – state or local – it’s imperative that we evaluate all impacts on our local economy and San Diego’s small business community, and whether or not a city-mandated increase that surpasses the state minimum wage is sustainable.
The state minimum wage was just increased by 25%, and the issue becomes even more concerning as several local economists and financial experts have publicly announced their opposition to a citywide minimum wage increase.
The Center on Policy Initiatives’ recent report fails to take into consideration that the minimum wage is not a comprehensive wage. In addition to an hourly rate, small businesses are required to pay the costs of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, which are all wage dependent, while operating on razor thin margins."