Beyond the obvious argument over who’s making money, I don’t see how it’s warranted. http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/288350141.html The governor / DFL made tax changes last year, and they slayed a GOP rhetorical dragon and won vindication when the budgetary sky didn’t fall. You can say, with certitude, the same thing about the minimum wage. They raised it, and the employment sky didn’t fall here in MN. Unemployment rates are excellent in MN despite the minimum wage hike. So the DFL demonstrated there something about the quality of Republican speechifying and also their own wisdom. In an age of gridlock and stalemate they won a clear victory.
Gov. Mark Dayton is apparently prepared to give that back and partner with the GOP on a restaurant tip credit. I’d like to say that’s mystifying, but Dayton’s sons are restaurateurs, so Dayton’s ear is sympathetic to restaurateur insight. If not mystifying, it is disappointing and deeply unflattering to his thought process. The greater, prevailing wisdom that guides here should be that all businesses have their challenges and obligations, and restaurants aren’t unique. There’s no justification for them to get a wage carve out.