This report analyzes the potential economic implications of implementing a healthcare sector minimum wage increase to $25 per hour for covered private healthcare facilities in the City of Baldwin Park. Covered healthcare facilities include a subset of privately-owned facilities, namely hospitals, outpatient clinics, dialysis clinics, psychiatric hospitals/facilities, and facilities that are part of an integrated healthcare delivery system connected to a private hospital. In Baldwin Park, this includes the DaVita Baldwin Park Dialysis, Advanced Dialysis Center, Kindred Hospital Baldwin Park, and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center; the Kaiser Permanente facility is the city’s largest single employer, while health care is the largest employer among industries. There are no public healthcare facilities in the City of Baldwin Park.
Proponents of the Initiative Measure believe that the proposed will directly address staffing shortages seen at healthcare facilities with higher wages attracting workers to these facilities and reducing turnover. Opponents of the measure claim that the increased costs to covered facilities resulting from the increased minimum wage will result in a variety of unintended negative economic consequences.