Fast-food restaurants could see price hikes in California as worker pay rises

California businesses are expected to hike menu prices when minimum wage boosts to $20 an hour this spring.

Last fall, the Golden State passed legislation to require $20 per hour as a minimum wage for all restaurants in the state.

Several fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s and Chipotle, are expected to raise menu prices due to the increased worker pay in their budgets.

McDonald’s is already coming under fire for numerous consumer complaints on TikTok about menu items skyrocketing in price. Some social media users have complained about seeing an inflated cost of the Big Mac meal, costing around $18. Its iconic Dollar Menu no longer provides any substantive menu item for just $1.

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said this week that the restaurant company will strive for “affordability” in its goals for customers.

However, in a recent
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