Let’s change minimum wage law
Minimum wage increases are currently being debated all over the country, perhaps nowhere more than in New Mexico (“Higher minimum wage is right for New Mexico,” Our View, Feb. 5). Part of that debate is the subminimum wage paid to tipped restaurant workers.
Hearing the doomsday predictions of the restaurant industry, you would think that restaurants would go out of business in droves if the minimum wage for servers were increased. However, all we have to do is look at the experience of other industrialized countries where the minimum wage for restaurant servers is much higher than ours.
I have traveled extensively in Canada, where the minimum wage for tipped employees is over $10 per hour, and I have never noticed a shortage of sit-down eating places there. The same applies to most European countries, where tipping is optional and restaurant server is considered a decent-paying career.
I, for one, would gladly pay 15 percent to 20 percent more for a restaurant meal and not have to worry about tipping. Steve Rice