This celebrity chef just called California “the worst run state”

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California is one of the most expensive places to live, and it might be worse.

Every time you turn around, there is a new progressive proposal that drives even more people out of the state.

Now this famous chef just let everyone know what he thinks about some new laws that will drive even more restaurants out of business.

Celebrity Chef is fed up with California

Democrat Representative Barbara Lee of California is pushing a new proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to an insane amount of $50 per hour as part of her bid for the U.S. Senate.

The gap between this outrageous number and the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is drawing the attention of people all over her state and all over the nation.

There have been many critics of the proposal, including Celebrity Chef Restaurateur Andrew Gruel.

Gruel recently took part in an interview with Fox Business to express his concerns.

“This would completely decimate every single business in the state of California,” said Gruel, adding that not even high-end retail businesses could handle paying a minimum wage of $50 an hour.

According to Gruel, California hosts thousands of state jobs, and he’s challenging the state to go ahead and lead by example by raising state worker wages to $50 an hour.

He added, “They can’t afford it,” calling out the fact that California itself couldn’t handle paying such a high minimum wage.

Instead, Gruel suggested that California reduce its payroll taxes to help increase take-home pay rather than raising wages.

He explained, “To ask a restaurant, which in a phenomenal scenario is profiting 10% on, let’s say, 30% labor costs, to double their labor costs to 60%. That means they’re going to be net negative 20%. Every single restaurant will close overnight.”

California already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $16 an hour.

Fast food workers in the state are also going to have their minimum wage increase effective April 1, 2024, to $20 an hour.

Andrew Wiederhorn, chairman and founder of restaurant operator FAT Brands, is also concerned about the rise in labor costs.

He warned consumers to brace themselves for higher costs when they eat out if there are more minimum wage increases.

Wiederhorn said, “Someone’s got to pay for it and the restaurant operators don’t have the margin for that. So, prices are going to go up.”

Gruel slams California further

Andrew Gruel didn’t stop at his critique of the new minimum wage proposal.

The chef took things even further, blatantly saying, “California is the worst run state.”

Part of Representative Lee’s reasoning to increase the minimum wage to $50 per hour is because of the high cost of living in California.

Lee claimed a United Way report found that a family of four living in the San Francisco Bay Area would need to make $127,000 per year just “to get by.”

A 2022 United Way Bay Area report revealed that a family of four would need closer to $109,088 annually to meet their basic needs. 

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.