[caption id="attachment_135348" align="aligncenter" width="4500"] (Associated Press)
Liberals -- and Hillary Clinton -- love Chipotle, but they might be changing their tune once they realize the impact one of their favorite policies is having on their burritos.
San Francisco is set to raise its minimum wage to $15 within the next few years and the food chain is already having to respond to what this higher cost of labor will mean for its locations in the Golden Gate City.
According to Investors Business Daily, Chipotle decided to raise its prices as much as 14.4 percent in San Francisco to match the minimum wage's increase by 14 percent.
“We believe the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of increased minimum wages (which rose from $10.74 per hour to $12.25 on May 1) as well as scheduled minimum wage increases in future years,” Sharon Zackfia of the investment firm Williams Blair said in client note obtained by Investors Business Daily.
San Francisco's minimum wage will go up $13 in 2016 and $14 in 2017, before climbing to $15 in 2018.
Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, told the Chicago Tribune that the San Francisco pricing hike was “done in part to offset higher labor costs.”
Pricing at Chipotles nationwide vary due to the cost of doing business in different areas, he said.
Chipotle's customers are the most liberal restaurant chain patrons in the country, according to fall 2014 data from Experian Marketing Services. Self-described liberals are 45 percent more likely than the average American to visit a Chipotle, the study found.