Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Stop campaign to move California businesses to Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is visiting California to persuade businesses and individuals to move to Florida. His argument is that the minimum wage raise to $15 an hour will make it difficult for businesses to thrive in California. Not only is this an attack against California, but also an attack on the Fight for Fifteen movement. Demand that Governor Scott end this underhanded campaign and leave Californian businesses alone.
Governor Scott said that “by raising the minimum wage in California, 700,000 people are going to lose their jobs, [and] there are a lot of opportunities for companies to prosper in Florida.” The governor is just using fearmongering to scare businesses into moving to Florida, as there is not much evidence to support his claim.
For starters, his estimate for 700,000 people losing their jobs is not based on data about California, so his prediction is not accurate. Second, UC Berkeley economist Michael Reich led a recent study on the effect of a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles which found that the increased income made up for the negative effects of more expensive labor. Even price increases and automation were factored into this study, and the results were the same. If people lose jobs, it will be due to Governor Scott’s scare tactics, not the actual minimum wage increase.
Furthermore, California, which currently has a $10 minimum wage, is doing much better economically than Florida, which has a $8.05 minimum wage. Since March of last year, California has added 420,800 new jobs, whereas Florida has only added 234,300 new jobs. Census data also shows that more people have moved from Florida to California than vice versa in recent years.
The country should be focusing on competing with other countries, not forming rivalries between states. It does not make sense to specifically target one state, siphoning off its businesses and causing thousands to lose their jobs. Sign this petition to make Governor Scott stop his business-stealing campaign.
Dear Governor Scott,
Your campaign to steal Californian businesses is unethical and causes unnecessary fear. Your argument that 700,000 people would lose their jobs from the minimum wage hike is not supported by real data, and businesses are doing just fine in California, which currently has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The only reason people would lose their jobs is because your deceptive fearmongering scared away all the businesses.
Your main competitors are foreign countries where American jobs have been outsourced, not states that happen to be doing better economically than your state. There is no reason for you to continue this mission to steal Californian businesses. You need to stop this campaign immediately and focus on helping your own state in ways that do not harm others.
[Your Name Here]
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