Do you support a higher minimum wage?


“Raising the wage is a top priority for Democrats going into the 2014 Legislative session. Last year the Minnesota House passed a bill to raise the wage to $9.50. The Senate passed a bill to raise it to $7.75 but lawmakers were unable to agree on a compromise. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he supports the $9.50 level,” writes MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik.

Minnesota restaurant owners say raising the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour would hurt their businesses and cost some of their employees their jobs.

Restaurants will spend money on technology to reduce wait staff if they have to pay a higher minimum wage, Doug Sams, founder of D. Brian’s Deli, said Tuesday. Customers will also pay more, he added.

Sams spoke to reporters at Murray’s steakhouse in Minneapolis as part of the Minnesota Restaurant Association’s effort to stop a wage hike bill.

A proposed federal minimum wage hike could spell the loss of 500,000 jobs according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Today’s Question: Do you support a higher minimum wage?