Californian pizza? Only $ 10 a slice | Remark
The imposters who write the laws in Sacramento have no idea how difficult it is to run a successful small business. And they don’t care.
When they pay you for not working, you are taking a vacation.
That’s what’s happening here in what’s left of California.
The governor of this one-party state, Gavin Newsom, and his fellow Democrats controlling the legislature tortured us for two years with severe lockdowns and mask warrants.
Now they are working overtime to completely bankrupt our already crippled restaurant industry by virtually preventing them from hiring the workers they need.
The state government still pays people who have been made unemployed by the pandemic more than $ 450 per week in unemployment benefits, in addition to recovering 100% of their rent and electricity bills.
It’s no surprise that my friends in the restaurant business are so desperate for workers that some give dishwashers $ 1,500 signing bonuses and then pay them $ 20 an hour.
Where are their old dishwashers?
They are on vacation in Mexico and telling restaurateurs they’ll be back in January when the state stops paying them unemployment benefits (which probably won’t happen because it’s an election year).
But wait, there’s even more stupidity on the part of Sacramento lawmakers.
Remember AB5, the state law Democrats passed a few years ago at the behest of their union friends to essentially ban concert workers in California?
The law was designed to kill Uber and Lyft by forcing them and other companies to treat 1,099 part-time contract workers like full-time employees with full benefits.
But AB5 was so crudely “designed” that it now prevents companies from hiring the part-time workers they need, whether it’s on the Long Beach docks or at the neighborhood pizzeria.
To make matters worse for small restaurants, starting next spring, the state says any business with five or more employees that does not already have a 401 (k) or similar pension plan for its employees will need to provide one. through a state program called CalSavers.
I’ll spare you the legal details. But that means any restaurants larger than Louie’s Pizza Parlor will be affected and if they don’t comply, they will be fined up to $ 500 per employee.
So it’s pretty clear that $ 50 pizzas aren’t just in our future, they’re almost here.
The cost of a pizza in a place I go has already dropped from $ 16 to $ 41 due to what the owner now has to pay to hire and keep their workers.
What will he do next year when he has to start contributing to his dishwasher’s pension plan?
It will have to increase its prices, reduce its workforce or close. (Soon there will be plenty of pizza places for four and burger stands in the former Golden State.)
The situation is so outrageous that you want to cry for the owners of these family restaurants and family businesses.
They are the ones who are mad now, but soon it will be their customers who will explode when they see the price of their meals. And then what will happen? Nothing, probably.
People here don’t understand. They will re-elect the same Democratic politicians who ruined life in California.
Governor Newsom and his government friends must think that every restaurant is a chic French laundry, the $ 250-a-plate place in Napa Valley where they love to dine and drink.
But there is only one French laundry in California and there are thousands of small Italian restaurants and pizzerias. Already around 200,000 people and many companies have decided that they have suffered enough and left the state. I guarantee that thousands more will follow them east, but not the struggling owners of your local pizza place.
Unlike the rich like Tesla’s Elon Musk, they’re stuck here trying to make a living while the clueless – and soulless – politicians of Sacramento continue to write bad laws that make it impossible.