Let’s change min­i­mum wage law

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OUR VIEW -

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

Santa Fe

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