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Statement on Minimum Wage Veto

San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby issued the following statement today upon Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage Ordinance: 

“By vetoing the city’s minimum wage increase, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is delaying much-needed financial relief for tens of thousands of local families. In addition to holding back $260 million from the paychecks of hrd-working San Diegans, this veto overturns the guarantee of five earned sick days for every employee in the city. 

“Mr. Faulconer talked a lot about representing all San Diegans when he was campaigning earlier this year. But it didn’t take long for him to show his true priorities in office – in this case, depriving many families of the ability simply to pay rent and put food on the table. Even if this veto is not a surprise, it is still an outrage. 

“The incremental increase in the minimum wage would enable our neighbors who can’t afford living expenses – 38% of all workers in San Diego – to meet their basic needs, live with dignity, and increase their contributions to the local economy.

“That’s why boosting the minimum wage is a ‘win-win’ for employees and businesses. It will stimulate economic growth and reduce reliance on public assistance. The Mayor might not agree, but most people in the city do: a new poll shows that 63% of San Diegans support the minimum wage law. 

“Fortunately, City Council President Todd Gloria has pledged to lead a supermajority of councilmembers in overturning this veto. The San Diego County Democratic Party will continue to work with individuals, organizations, and businesses to support earned sick days and a higher minimum wage for all San Diegans.”