The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

California Minimum Wage Still a Poverty Wage

Sep 30, 2013

In California, an hourly wage of $26 is needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment, without spending more than a third of one’s income on rent–according to a study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

So what are California’s politicians doing about that? They’re raising the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour–gradually, and NOT UNTIL January 2016.

Democratic politicians, who control the state legislature and governor’s office in California, pretend they are doing a favor to workers. But $10 an hour is obviously not enough to live on. In fact, it’s an insult.