Ethics and economics tell us: It's time to raise our state's minimum wage for all working people, including tipped workers. Decades of economic studies show that raising the minimum wage preserves jobs. The restaurant business is booming, and Minnesotans know that servers and other tipped workers deserve a family-supporting wage.… Read MORE.
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Restaurant owners are pleading, in commentaries and letters, for the legal right to cap and freeze the wages of their servers immediately if the minimum wage should be raised this legislative session. While it's true that many servers make more than the minimum wage with tips, most are not employed in high-end restaurants. The median wage for servers in Minnesota (including tips) is $8.84 per hour.… Read MORE.
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When the DFL took control of the Legislature in November, most assumed that passage of a generous increase in the minimum wage would happen quickly. After all, what could be more DFL than holding out a hand to the state's poorest-paid workers? It turns out this isn't your grandparents' DFL… Read MORE.
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