REDDING, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom says people here in California can expect to see the minimum wage jump from $13 to $14 starting Jan. 1.
“I feel like it would be a big step up for a lot of workers and it would give them a lot of motivation to work harder,” said Noah Gaida from Fairfield.
This leaves businesses hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, figuring out how to pay their employees. For a small business owner like Nydia Blevins, it’s an extra obstacle to hurdle just to stay afloat.
“I know the exact numbers that I need, they're written in my finance book,” said Belvins, the owner of Brew Craft Coffee.
Businesses like Brew Craft Coffee getting ready to see the increase in 2021.
“It'll definitely be difficult and based on my finances before COVID-19 hit, I was planning for it,” said Blevins.
“I was really trying to hit my goal incomes so that I could make that work for my employees and now it's just a guessing game.”
Blevins re-opened back in May after the coronavirus forced her to close for several months. With a minimum wage increase set January 1, Blevins picked up an extra job just to make sure she could pay her employees.
“I actually recently got a night job just to make sure my employees get paid in the case things do get slow for the next month or two again,” said Blevins.
“At this point, I'm just really trying to have hope that I'm going to be able to hit that goal point.”
The current minimum wage in California is $13. The state hopes to make it $15 by 2022.