When the wage went up, Ms. Parra mentioned, she may extra simply assist with hire and pay the telephone and cable payments on the condominium that she shares along with her mom, who makes $18.50 an hour at a heating and air-conditioning firm.
She famous, nevertheless, that her wages weren’t sufficient for her to reside on her personal. “I wouldn’t say that we’re poor, but I also wouldn’t say that we’re well off,” she mentioned. “But because there is both of us who have incomes, we’re able to do O.K.”
Mayor Jerry Dyer mentioned there have been “mixed feelings, obviously,” in regards to the rising minimal wage. “As a mayor of a city, it’s important that we have people in our community who are making a livable wage,” he mentioned.
But Mr. Dyer, a Republican, mentioned he additionally understood the ache that companies is perhaps feeling. “I’ve heard from businesses that if the minimum wage goes up too much, they’re not able to be competitive,” he mentioned.
“That’s the challenge that we face,” he mentioned.
One prevailing query is whether or not $15 is sufficient.
In Fresno, it typically isn’t. M.I.T.’s Living Wage Calculator estimates that a residing wage in Fresno for a household of 4, with each adults working, is $22.52 an hour. In the previous yr, Fresno’s median hire elevated by 11 p.c, to $1,260, in keeping with Apartment List’s National Rent Report, among the many best will increase in the nation.
For 40 hours a week, Jessica Ramirez, 26, makes $15.65 an hour on the Amazon warehouse in Fresno. She is the first breadwinner for herself, her companion and her 5 kids, however even with meals stamps and occasional gig work, she mentioned, her wage is barely sufficient for them to get by.