San Jose’s minimum wage is about to go up, after voters approved a ballot measure raising the minimum from eight dollars an hour to 10. The measure won with 59 percent of the vote.
Measure “D” started out as a class project at San Jose State.
Diana Crumedy, who helped launch the campaign, says she hopes other students will try to raise the minimum wages where they are.
“When we were collecting ballots, and a lot of people said, ‘Well, I’m from Santa Cruz, I’m from Morgan Hill, I’m from Gilroy. But I want this there,’” Crumedy says. “We’ve already touched them, we’ve reached their pulse and they’re like, ‘we want this.’”
Some business groups argued that Measure “D” would force them to reduce operating hours and cut jobs.