THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE JUMPED 12% SINCE YESTERDAY.
Time to splurge and get that Wii you've been eyeing? Maybe pay down your Visa bill? Or just rejoice in the fact that your PA gig might put you in a higher tax bracket after all, right? Wrong. Now it's time for the bad news.
CALIFORNIA'S STATE MINIMUM WAGE IS $8/hr AND WILL GO UNCHANGED BECAUSE IT'S HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL MINIMUM.
Sorry about that. As amazing as it seems, it's possible to get less than the $9.25/hr you get for picking up lunches and making copies for the staff in the "Ghost Whisperer" production office.
EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING
Oh, do tell. What could possibly be good about my pay not changing? Well, the poverty line for the lower 48 states is $10,200 (it's slightly higher in Alaska (!) and Hawaii). So after taxes you're probably still a good $4,000 above being considered impoverished. And to think, you only had to work 60 hours a week to do it.
The joy of being a barnacle on the Good Ship Hollywood.