“McFlation” = California’s New Minimum Wage plus “Bidenflation”

2024-04-14 10:00:29

Legal Insurrection has been following the roll-out of the California $20/hour minimum wage rule for fast food workers since the legislation passed, and franchises responded by firing workers.

However, the employees are not the only ones hurting.  Californians who used to head to McDonald’s for an inexpensive meal are also upset.

A TikTok video of a customer complaining about the price of a $25 deal at a California McDonald’s has sparked blame for the state’s latest minimum wage increase for fast food workers.

Since going into effect on April 1, the law requires chains with 60 or more restaurants nationwide to offer workers a $20 an hour starting wage, up from the previous $16 standard.

The viral video shows the frustrated customer at a Southern California drive-thru venting as she calls the price of the “40-piece chicken McNuggets bundle” absurd. The combo comes with four containers of 10 piece nuggets and two large fries for $25.39 plus a sales tax, which she calls “McFlation.”

“OK, so it’s $25.39 for 40-piece nuggets and two large fries,” the customer said in the video. “You couldn’t even throw in a medium Sprite in there? Holy crap.”

But the new California requirements aren’t the only factor in McFlation. Raising food prices, due to factors such as fuel and fertilizer prices (courtesy of eco-activist policies), are also impacting the cost of Chicken McNuggets.

Inflation rose to 3.5% in March, an unexpected increase that continued to crush American’s wallets and President Biden’s approval rating.

Despite repeated promises that inflation was “transitory,” inflation has remained high throughout the president’s term, and he’s backed off using the term “Bidenomics” as people have bristled at high costs , particularly in restaurants and grocery stores.

Biden responded by blaming grocers for wanting to make reasonable profits and slamming Republicans (of course).

I’m calling on corporations including grocery retailers to use record profits to reduce prices.

Fighting inflation remains my top economic priority. We’re making progress: wages are rising faster than prices, incomes are higher than before the pandemic, and unemployment has remained below 4% for the longest stretch in 50 years. But we have more to do: my agenda is lowering costs for prescription drugs, health care, student debt, and hidden junk fees. Rather than proposing solutions for hardworking families, Congressional Republicans want to slash taxes for billionaires and big corporations, while helping special interests and Big Pharma raise prices. I won’t let them.

Food prices are anticipated to go up for the remainder of this year.

The rate of food inflation for food at home is expected to slow as the year goes on, but prices in most categories will still rise.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its forecast for 2024 that shows all food prices are expected to increase 2.5% while food-at-home prices are predicted to go up 1.6%.

I expect to see more “McFlation Rage” videos through the rest of the year . . . from California, as well as from other states in this great nation.


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