Not waistlines, but wages. A joint Assembly and Senate committee took up the issue of worker pay and the relationship that pay has to public assistance,
"More than half of the families of frontline fast food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25% of the workforce as a whole" said Democratic Senator Bill Monning.
Monning cited a UC Berkeley report that showed in California taxpayers subsidize fast food workers by $717 million a year.
Some industry analysts say raising wages could backfire, leading to more automation and actually costing jobs.