​NFIB: Minimum wage hike will kill 300,000 jobs

By Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal

A proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour would kill more than 323,000 jobs over ten years and reduce the state’s real output by $224 billion,according to a study released Wednesday by the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Farmworkers’ battle is against the union

By Steven Greenhut, utsandiego.com

“History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless,” said Cesar Chavez, the renowned labor leader whose legacy often is invoked in the state Capitol.

Worker-run pension boards raise call for reform

By Fenit Nirappil, journalgazette.net

A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.