Re "Minimum wage boost in California is long overdue" (Editorial, Sept. 12): It is hard to argue against wage increases for Californians at the lowest end of the pay scales. Developmental Services Network, Inc., provides direct care services to thousands of people with developmental disabilities. Because of inadequate state reimbursement rates, it is impossible to raise the pay of employees.
The Bee cites McDonal's as an example of how to meet these new mandates; raise the price of a Big Mac. If it were only that easy. We rely on the Medi-Cal program for 100 percent of our revenue. Since 2008, our rates have been frozen at levels even the California Department of Health Care Services' studies show are inadequate to cover costs.
When the minimum wage is increased, it has a ripple effect on people slightly above that level. When wage compaction occurs, people above the minimum wage rightfully expect recognition through a pay increase.
-- Paul Dennis Mattson, Developmental Services Network, Inc., president, Corona