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Governor Jerry Brown has raised the minimum wage in California to $15, and that can sound very good, but to nonprofits that provide public services, the cost could be significant.

"The Sacramento Children’s Home is committed to creating stable and safe home environments for families in the Sacramento region. I see firsthand the struggles when parents can’t make ends meet, and how financial pressures can spiral into overwhelming challenges.

"Raising the minimum wage will help many families have an easier time paying their bills. But raising the minimum wage also has unintended consequences. The business community has its concerns, but the impact to nonprofits hasn’t been told.

"As the head of the Sacramento Children’s Home, I want to pay higher wages so that I can hire, and most importantly retain, qualified staff. Our staff provides shelter, stability, counseling and other critical services to thousands of children and families each year."--Roy Alexander, the Sacramento Bee

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