For most Americans, the first moments of the new year are ones of celebration and excitement.
In California, it’s also a time to take stock of which new laws from the Democrat-controlled Legislature will make our lives just a little (or a lot) more frustrating. Here are six:
- The entire state will now ignore U.S. immigration law
- The DMV is raising vehicle registration fees
- Employers can’t ask applicants about their salary history
- Low-skilled workers will have a harder time finding work
- You can make up your gender on official state IDs
- Schools will no longer be allowed to decide whether or not they’re “gun-free zones”
Your Daily Briefing has more:
When you put liberals in charge of a state it never ends well. Especially when you put them in charge for decades like Californians decided to do for some strange reason. Democrats have been in charge in Sacramento and it’s been a really bad idea.
In a matter of days, 3 ridiculous laws will go into California that perfectly sum up what a disaster it is.
For starters, immigration law officially means nothing.
From The Daily Wire:
The entire state will now ignore U.S. immigration law: Because it’s worked so well in San Francisco, California Democrats decided that the entire state should ignore federal immigration law. SB 54 forbids law enforcement officials from asking someone’s immigration or holding them for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents — unless they’ve been convicted of a crime. AB 291 prohibits landlords (you know, like, private citizens who own private property) from reporting renters who are in the US illegally.
Not only does Kate Steinle not get justice but California is charging full steam ahead towards total lawlessness. It’s really sad to watch.
Things will also get a lot harder for people without a degree, low skilled minority workers, and young people. The minimum wage is going up.
Low-skilled workers will have a harder time finding work: That’s just a fancy way of saying, “The minimum wage will increase from $10.50 an hour to $11 an hour.” Under SB 3, the minimum wage will increase each year until it hits $15 an hour in 2022. For people who already have jobs, this is no big deal. For people making below the minimum wage who keep their jobs and get a pay increase, it’s great. But for low-skilled workers who need a job, this is bad news. A company is not going to pay a 20-year-old $11 an hour if he’s only bringing $9 an hour worth of value to the company. It will either make do without that position, automate, or move to a state whose legislature has some grasp of basic economics. But, really, as with #3 above, it’s not the government’s business how an employer and employee work out a mutually beneficial wage. If an applicant wants to make $9 an hour, and an employer wants to pay $9 an hour, how is it not a bad thing for the government to say that’s illegal?
Lovely. Hope you don’t own a small business in California!
California has gone off the deep end when it comes to gender as well.
You can make up your gender on official state IDs: California will abolish its requirement that a person must go “clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition” if they want to change the sex on their birth certificate, which means that men can say they’re women, and vice-versa, on state IDs like driver’s licenses. Beginning in 2019, driver’s licenses will have three options for sex: male, female, and nonbinary.
It’s really a mess.
Has reading this list spiked your heart rate? Then you’ll be calmed by AB 64, which legalizes the sale and cultivation of recreational-use marijuana.