What’s the fairest way to compensate waitstaff?
The Blue Plate Restaurant Company drew fire for reducing its employees’ tips to make up for a hike in the minimum wage, but it’s now walking back on that decision.
Tim Nelson reports:
Owner David Burley says Blue Plate has dropped the controversial charge, and will also raise the pay for non-tipped staff to $9.69 an hour starting Sept. 1. That’s a premium above the state’s current $8 an hour minimum wage, which went into effect Aug. 1. Today’s Question: Should waiters have to depend on tips? What is the fairest way to compensate waitstaff? Read more →
Should the state allow city-run casinos?
The Duluth City Council is scheduled to take up a resolution Monday evening seeking state permission to open a city-run casino. The move would require a change to the Minnesota Constitution. Since the Fond du Lac Ojibwe band stopped sharing casino revenue with the city, Duluth has been trying to figure out how to fill Read more →
The Associated Press reports: Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal Read more →
Minnesotans today woke up to another day of sub-zero temperatures, school cancellations and dangerous wind chills. Some are making the best of it, like racing a 135-mile course or partaking in an ice fishing extravganza. But others may need a reminder. So… Today’s Question: Why do you live in Minnesota?
MPR News reports: Christine McVicker and her family are paying $2.65 a gallon for the propane that heats their family’s Isanti home. She says when they bought their home a decade ago, a gallon of propane cost around 75 cents. She says her supplier has warned the price could soon hit 6 dollars. McVicker has Read more →
If researchers from Princeton are right, Facebook will have gone the way of Friendster and MySpace by 2017. But if that’s true, what will take its place? Time reports: Disease models can be used to understand the mass adoption and subsequent flight from online social networks, researchers at Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Read more →
Kickstarter and other sites allow artists, authors, and inventors to fund projects through small donations from many supporters. But soon people may be able to actually invest — and see a return on that investment — through a similar model. NPR reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules that, for the first time, Read more →
The U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill yesterday 68-32. The House will now take up the issue, but Republican leaders have made it clear they will draft their own version of the bill. The Senate bill includes a 13-year path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, new visa programs, as well Read more →
A bipartisan group of senators has announced a proposal to prevent a doubling of the interest rate on certain federal student loans, an increase that would affect seven million college students in the coming school year. Student loan debt is a burden for many, the total surpassing $1 trillion earlier this year. Today’s Question: How Read more →
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote Read more →