Judge deals double blow to San Jose minimum wage backers
Source: San Jose Mercury News
A judge Thursday dealt a double blow to backers of a November ballot measure to establish a higher minimum wage in San Jose, striking a line from their ballot statement that critics called misleading and rejecting their challenges to opponents' statement.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Pierce ruled that the phrase "Measure D does not mandate any additional spending by the city" must be stricken from the campaign's rebuttal to the opponents' argument that voters will receive in sample ballots.
Pierce also denied the Measure D campaign's challenge to opponents' ballot argument, stating that they "have failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that the subject arguments are false and misleading."
Measure D would raise the hourly wage from the current statewide $8 minimum to $10 with a provision for annual inflation-indexed increases. Advocates argue that the state minimum wage level is inadequate in pricey Silicon Valley, making low-wage earners reliant on government assistance.