So you want to effect some change in Minnesota politics? Perhaps right a wrong that you see?
What’s the best way to do it?
Spend years mustering supporters and changing public opinion? Like the Tea Party?
Or sit in tents out on the sidewalk, warmed only by relentless NPR coverage, like “Occupy?”
During an interview with the Post-Bulletin’s Editorial Board last week, Dayton said his sons Andrew and Eric Dayton have been making the case that tipped employees should be treated differently. His sons own the Minneapolis restaurant “The Bachelor Farmer.”
“It may be that we have to fine tune it. I understand my sons’ frustration with the tip credit issue. They make a very articulate case,” he said.
During the legislative session, the Minnesota Restaurant Association had pushed hard for a tiered tipped employee system. Under that proposal, an employee whose wages and tips equaled at least $12 per hour would be paid at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Dayton said his sons have said that the minimum wage increase means their wait staff will be making significantly more per hour than the dishwashers and other staff.
…I seem to remember a governor’s race four years ago. Where a candidate suggested exactly that. And was pelted with pennies, to the gleeful tittering of the local media and left (ptr).
So the next time you’re a liberal dilettante and you find your hobby restaurant is being financially stressed by the DFL legislature’s innumerate noodling in the labor markets, just make sure an assembly of oligarchic plutocrats gets Dadders elected!
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: By my count, this is the third or fourth law that Governor
Messinger Dayton had to sign to know what it’d do.