State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul), says she is disappointed that Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has introduced bill that would reduce minimum wage to $8 an hour for for workers who earn an average of more than $12 hourly with tips.
The bill had its first hearing Monday in the House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee where restaurant workers and labor leaders spoke out against the bill. The bill had the support of the Minnesota Restaurant Association which helped Garofalo write it. The bill passed 10-6 on a party line vote with no DFLers voting for it.
Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) said anyway you slice it, a reduction in wages to tipped employees is a “tip penalty”.
Video from hearing
Murphy says she hopes the Senate or Governor Dayton will prevent the “tip penalty” from being signed into law. (See video at top of post)