While cities all over the country are pushing for a minimum wage increase, Minnesota is going in the opposite direction, with the state House passing a bill this week that would cut the minimum wage for nearly thousands of restaurant workers who receive tips.
Because they make so much money from their tips. Someone’s gotta stop them from making so much money; it might drive the restaurants out of business.
That was totally the argument made by Republican lawmakers, too. If signed into law, it would create a two-tiered minimum wage that penalizes people who make more money in tips, with the cut-off threshold being $4 an hour.
Republicans wanted to get it through before the minimum wage rose to the astounding, unbelievable, inhuman and inconceivable amount of $9.50 an hour in 2016. We’re producing billionaires, guys. Just look at that figure; where do these poor people get off thinking that they deserve that high of a wage?
$9.50 an hour is just ridiculously high. It’s obscene. The Republicans are totally right, we need to punish people who work harder and collect more in tips by giving restaurant owners the right to cut their wages in exchange. The American Dream depends on it!
State Representative Tim Mahoney (D) suggested that it was an attack on the 8,000 women over 30 who had children and worked for tips, tying it to the War on Women:
The message from this bill is that you’re making too much money. It wants to keep people making $12 per hour rather than making $14 or $15 an hour. If you tried living on $30,000 per year in this state, you’d understand that a couple of thousand dollars per year makes a huge difference.
Yeah, but if they wanted that couple thousand dollars a year, they’d work for it, not asking those restaurant owners for a handout because the owner graciously allows them to collect tips at the restaurant! And all those tips are going to drive those poor restaurant owners out of business.
This wasn’t the only way that the GOP was servicing Minnesota with this bill. The bill also banned local municipalities and airports from raising the minimum wage above the state minimum wage, because less government control in your life is better!
Minnesota has a bright and shining future ahead of it — apparently, this is what you get when you ask for a minimum wage increase from your corporate masters: Punished, for acting out of your place, you serf.
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