The Perils of Running a Restaurant (or Any Business) in California

In Analysis by Michael Rae

It is no secret that the state and local governments make California a very difficult place to do business. The Golden State maintained its perennial position of the worst business climate in the country in Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best and Worst States for Business” survey of hundreds of CEOs from across the nation. (Texas, Florida, and Tennessee once again topped the list.) But things are particularly bad for restaurant owners, and substantial increases in the minimum wage are only making them worse.
California’s minimum wage rose from $15.50 an hour to $16 an hour at the start of the year, but a couple of

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