In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown insisted on two “circuit breakers” in the law that would allow for the Governor to freeze the wage or delay any further increases in the event of a significant economic downturn. In 2021, the state minimum is slated to go to $13/hour for businesses with 25 or fewer workers and $14/hour for those with more than 25 employees. The “circuit breakers” both rely on a determination by the governor’s finance director. The first is a determination that unemployment has risen while sales and tax receipts have both fallen (those conditions have certainly been met under COVID-19), while the second calls for an estimate that the state budget will run a deficit in the current fiscal year or in the near future. Suffice it to say that with the coronavirus crisis nowhere near over, both scenarios appear to be a virtual lock! Only time will tell what determination the governor’s finance director will ultimately reach, but the budget projection is scheduled to be formally made in July.