abc
QUICK LINKS:

As Obama Stresses Minimum Wage, Restaurants Worry

Updated: 06/26/2014 2:12 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 2:11 PM KSTP.com

With President Barack Obama in Minnesota to tout an increasing state minimum wage, some restaurant owners are expressing concern that the coming bump will end up costing the dining public.
    
Obama's trip Thursday inspired a renewed call by Minnesota's hospitality industry for changes to a just-passed law that will push Minnesota's hourly minimum up in three stages starting this summer. It goes from $6.15 per hour to $8 in August, with yearly increases taking it to $9.50 by 2016.
    
Restaurant owners want to be able to count a portion of tips toward wait staff wages. An attempt to do that failed last session.
    
Ed Fong, whose family has run a Bloomington restaurant for 56 years, says he's considering raising prices by a dollar an entree to offset new labor costs.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Freezing Rain Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Benton; Brown; Chippewa; Douglas; Kandiyohi; Lac Qui Parle; McLeod; Meeker; Mille Lacs; Morrison; Nicollet; Pope; Redwood; Renville; Sherburne; Sibley; Stearns; Stevens; Swift; Todd; Wright; Yellow Medicine
Expires: 11/24/2014 6:00 AM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
31°
50° | 25°
  • Feels like: 21° F
  • Wind: WNW 14mph
  • Humidity: 89%
  • Mon Mostly cloudy and windy with snow showers
    25° | 11°
  • Tue More sun than clouds
    24° | 16°
  • Wed Snow showers
    24° | 6°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°

Video

KSTP NEWS