Anyone seeking low-wage employment as a fry cook or burger flipper at fast food restaurants in Calif. will soon have to pass a state-administered licensing exam to assure they are skilled in their ‘trades.’
Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) was the mastermind behind the Food Safety law that stands to bankroll the fiscally irresponsible state with $105 million in “food handler” licensing and training fees in 2011 alone.
“Food handlers” charged with “preparation, storage or service of food” will be required as of June 1, 2011 by S.B. 602 to possess the licenses that will cost “no more than $60.” The training course prior to licensing will tack on another $15.
According to the California Restaurant Association which supported the licensing law, “California is home to more than 1.4 million food industry jobs.” If each of those 1.4 million food workers pay a total of $75 for their required training and licensing, the state will pull in an easy $105 million in 2011 alone. License renewals should ensure a steady flow of free money for years to come.
Does this sound like a big government revenue-generating scheme or an authentic effort by bureaucrats to ensure French fries, hamburgers, filet mignons, deli sandwiches, donuts, ice cream cones, coffee, etc. are properly prepared?
Here’s an even better question, how do you think the state will go about licensing illegal aliens who work ‘in the shadows’ for food service employers? Surely, they won’t be applying for the licenses, but will still be preparing food in kitchens at countless restaurants across the state. Try asking Sen. Padilla how that’s going to work since he’s so concerned about ensuring “food safety.”