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'Small Businesses Are the Lifeblood of Our Economy'

Jason Roe, who’s leading the charge against the minimum wage hike, joins us this week to talk through the opposition’s argument that an increase would small businesses and our region’s ability to be competitive.

San Diego is on a three-year track to increase the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017. But not everyone’s thrilled about that. Members of the opposition are gathering signatures to put the City Council-approved raise on the ballot in 2016.

Jason Roe, a partner at Revolvis, is leading the anti-wage hike Small Business Coalition. Roe joins us on the podcast this week to make the case against the raise. “It will put out these mom-and-pop businesses and drive those customers to large retailers,” Roe said.

Part of the argument against the hike is that it will hurt businesses’ ability to be competitive in this region. Roe stressed the importance of small businesses here: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, of job creation.”

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Show Notes

• Our Hero of the Week is the partnership between the Board of Supervisors and county government for working with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to pass a bill that will change the way San Diego County special elections are run by allowing voters to vote by mail.

• The Goat of the Week goes to San Diego Unified District for purchasing a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP).

• Check out congressional candidate Carl DeMaio’s recent ad, where City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf weirdly made a star appearance as an average citizen. DeMaio’s team chose to ID her as simply “Lorie – Republican.”

• The 2016 ballot is looking more and more interesting with talks about the Convention Center expansion and new Chargers stadium making appearances on the ballot. But what about the city’s infrastructure? Here’s the update on the status of the megabond, which could help fix the city’s decaying infrastructure.

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