Before you decide how to vote on Proposition 210, please consider our side. We aren't politicians or professors, and we're not corporate CEOs. We're small business owners. We struggle to make ends meet and, with other small business owners, are the backbone of the state's economy.
PUT SIMPLY, PROPOSITION 210 WILL PLACE ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON SMALL BUSINESSES WE CANNOT BEAR. Congress is already considering increasing the minimum wage. Now, labor unions want to raise California's even higher. THAT'S GOING TO PUT SOME OF US OUT OF BUSINESS. MANY WILL HAVE TO LAY OFF WORKERS. OTHERS WILL CUT HOURS. And still others will postpone hiring new employees at a time when California's unemployment rate is among the highest in the nation.
Who is going to pay for these wage increases? Small business owners like us. Folks like you will pay through higher prices. Young people, recent immigrants and former welfare recipients will pay, because THERE WILL BE FEWER ENTRY LEVEL JOBS.
Only five percent of the work force currently earns minimum wage--mostly teenagers with part-time jobs or young adults just starting out. BUT FOR THOSE OF US SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE, THESE FORCED WAGE INCREASES WILL BE A CRUSHING BLOW.
Consider our plights:
Chances are your corner grocer, your favorite diner owner and the family farmer closest to you oppose Proposition 210, as does the Small Business Survival Committee, California Chamber of Commerce, and National Federation of Independent Business.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT US. AND THINK ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES, WHO JUST NEED EXPERIENCE TO GET A CHANCE. PLEASE VOTE ''NO" ON PROPOSITION 210.
Owner, Barron's Family Restaurant, Burbank
WILLIAM H. MERWIN
Owner, Hunn & Merwin & Merwin Farm, Yolo County