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Opponents Of Statewide Minimum Wage Form Coalition

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio
 

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Brian Watt | KPCC

More than two dozen California business groups have formed a coalition to fight any ballot measure supporting a statewide minimum wage increase.

The California Restaurant Association is leading the charge President Jott Condie says while some city councils are raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, voters across the state feel differently.

"Even in Los Angeles, when we survey the voters, they believe that $15 is too much, too fast," says Condie.

He says his coalition will take to television, radio and social media. Dave Regan is president of SEIU-United Health Care Workers West, which backs one wage hike measure. He expects the state to certify next week and then lots of financial support will pour in.

"Organizational donors, want to know that this is going to be on the ballot and that their support goes directly to getting this passed," says Regan.

In the meantime, his campaign is lining up volunteers and political endorsements.