From the St Paul Pioneer Press
The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater this week found itself at the center of the fiery national debate over the minimum wage.
The restaurant’s owner, Craig Beemer, began adding a 35-cent charge to every bill starting Aug. 1. Labeled a “minimum wage fee” on each customer ticket, it was intended to offset the added cost of Minnesota’s new $8 per hour minimum wage, which took effect that same day, Beemer said.
Beemer says it’s only his servers who make minimum wage, adding that, with tips, they regularly take home between $20 and $35 an hour. Dishwashers and cooks start at $10 an hour and $12 an hour, respectively.
“We’ve always taken great pride in attracting good people and paying them well,” Beemer said. “I truly care about these people.”
I personally think it would be a very healthy thing if businesses broke down how much taxes impacted the prices of items that consumers buy. While a minimum wage increase is not a tax, it is a government mandate.
For example, it used to be very common all over the US to see labels like this on all gas pumps: