When lawmakers feel they have no boundaries, as is the case in California, ideas that would have little to no chance elsewhere not only get a hearing, but become law. This explains how the mere thought of hiking the minimum wage for health care workers and support staff to $25 an hour was ultimately, and almost inevitably, converted into a bill.
Some would no doubt benefit from the higher pay. But their windfall would also be a loss for their coworkers and patients.
Democratic Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, author of Senate Bill 525, passed 21-11 by that chamber at the end of May, called the legislation “critical.”