The cost of living is too damn high in California! Some cities have agreed to raise the minimum up to $15 but that won't take affect until 2020! $15 per hour is a nice start but the truth is the minimum wage should be raised to $20. When you break down the cost of living (which I'll do in a minute) in California, $15 still means living paycheck to paycheck, the magic number is $20. Ok let's break it down. Keep in mind that I live in the Bay Area so the numbers I show will roughly be the average for Northern California but they shouldn't be too far off from the rest of California.
Rent- I'll assume that nobody is living alone and is living with a BF/GF or a roommate in a 1 bedroom apartment that rents for $1,400 a month. That's $700 a month from your wallet.
Car Payment- Unless your driving a luxury vehicle like a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi, the average car payment is about $300.
PG&E and Water Bill- $160 combined
Cell Phone- depends what mobile company you have but let's face it folks these companies are constantly ripping us off so I'll put the average at $70.
Basic Cable/Satellite TV- $45
Home Internet- because these mobile companies don't do unlimited data anymore (and even if they do its shitty reception) $45
Food- this a months worth of food that you buy either at the grocery store, or eating out, $400.
Gas money- The average car tank gets full with about $55, so let's say you fill her up two times a week, that's $440 a month!
Gym Membership- I know this shouldn't be on the list but let's face it most people have a gym membership even though they never go, or only go on weekends, either way the price is still $35 a month.
So after doing the math this adds up to about $2,200 a month! If your earning $15 minimum wage that only means your making $2,000 monthly after taxes, which means your $200 short! Now, if you earn $20, you'll make $2,600 a month, which means you'll have $400 left over as fun money! What do you guys think should it be raised to $20 per hour?