Gavin Newsom picked one nasty fight with Chick-fil-A that everyone will hate

Jun 12, 2024

Gavin Newsom is turning California into a socialist nightmare at breakneck speed.

Nothing is safe from his reign of error. 

And Gavin Newsom picked one nasty fight with Chick-fil-A that everyone will hate.

Gavin Newsom’s war on fast food leaves businesses in jeopardy 

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last year a bill that raised the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 an hour beginning on April 1.

That gave fast food workers a wage higher than the state minimum wage of $16 an hour.

Major fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Chipotle, and Chick-fil-A were forced to raise their prices in response to higher labor costs.

It’s only been a few months since the law went into effect but one group said that it’s decimating the fast-food industry in California.

The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) said that the $20 an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers has eliminated more than 10,000 jobs in the state.

And to spotlight the damage the law has done, CIBA ran ads in the California edition of USA Today that had mock obituaries of major fast food chains.

The ads show changes like layoffs and price hikes that chains like El Pollo Loco, Subway, and Burger King have made after the law went into effect.

Gavin Newsom drives more business out of California 

Newsom said the law was about fair wages and better working conditions for fast food workers when he signed the bill last year.

But he was caught in a scandal when his office requested a carveout be placed in the law for restaurants that had a bakery on a site and sold bread as an individual menu item.

It was later revealed that a major donor to Newsom’s campaign was the largest franchisee of Panera Bread in California.

CABIA president and founder Tom Manzo told Fox Business that the law was pushing the fast-food industry to the brink.

“California businesses have been under total attack and total assault for years,” Manzo said. “It’s just another law that puts businesses in further jeopardy.”

Manzo said that Newsom and California’s politicians were living in “fantasyland” if they thought hiking the minimum wage would help workers or businesses.

“You can only raise prices so much,” Manzo explained. “And you’re seeing it. People are not going to pay $20 for a Big Mac. It’s not going to happen.”

The rising price of fast food has allowed casual dining chains like Chili’s and Applebee’s to make a play for their customers with new promotions.

Fast food restaurants have responded to the law by cutting hours and investing in automation like self-serve ordering kiosks.

Supporters of the minimum wage increase – Newsom’s allies in Big Labor who are looking to unionize fast food restaurants – said that it will help fast food workers make ends meet.

Manzo countered by saying that the fast food industry is for younger workers starting out in life.

“It’s a starter industry,” Manzo said. “You get a job as a kid working in a fast food restaurant and you learn some good work ethic and that takes you into life.”

Gavin Newsom is taking a wrecking ball to California’s economy with his failed socialist agenda.

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