Getting By: Low Wages and Pensions
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The sunshine tax has long been our justification for higher prices and lower wages here in San Diego County. It's nearly always 70 degrees and sunny & ndash; so you pay more to live here and you get paid less.
But, does desirability really make this place so expensive? A leading county economist says, no. SANDAG Chief Economist Marney Cox says wages are low because of the jobs the county attracts and creates & ndash; jobs in the tourist industry - & waiters waitresses, hotel clerks, and maids. Cox says the sunshine tax is really low paying jobs combined with a shortage of houses.
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