MN Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is going to start focusing on “the Help”: Since they, according to him, already make “over $100,000″ as waiters and bartenders, they should get a cut in pay from their employer.
As MinnPost notes:
Wage stats from Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) indicate that those $100,000 servers are the rarest of people.
The median wage for the 45,000 waiters and waitresses in the state is $9.36 an hour, including tips, meaning that if a server is working full time, he or she could make a little more than $19,000 a year. In the Twin Cities, servers do a little better – the median hourly wage is $10.57. But the waiter in southwestern Minnesota is being paid less than $8 an hour, including tips, according to the state’s statistics.
Emmer, who spoke at the Eagle Street Grill, a popular hot spot at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, said the owner told him that three of the restaurant staffs are taking over $100,000 a year. Emmer, who’s apparently only looking out for the little guy, sprung the idea on the crowd. (Which, I’m sure, became the worst group of tippers the Eagle Street Grill has seen in years.)
His complaint doesn’t make a lot of sense because it flies in the face of the GOP’s track-record! If what he says is true, then why wouldn’t he be pushing for tax breaks for these wealthy bartenders and waiters?! And, shouldn’t they be permanent tax-cuts?! If everybody is tipping 20% of their drink and meal tabs, then why would the bar/restaurant owners care about a measly $9.36 per hour wage? If my math is correct; with a generous 20% gratuity per tab equates to an excess of $100,000 annually per waiter, then the restaurant owner is pulling in excess of $500,000 per year, per waiter/bartender! That only means permanent tax-breaks for everybody that works at that place!!
My dear departed grandmother worked most of her adult life as a waitress at Bill’s Cafe in Deer River, Minnesota. Let me be the first to inform Tom Emmer: Grandma never made $100,000 a year in tips.
I’m going out on a limb here, I know; but I think Tom Emmer is a giant sized gift for the DFL in November. If he’s got the time time brag how he’ll cut Minnesota’s budget easily by $12 billion in his first two years, he’s probably got time to talk to his “$100,000 waiter” who’s asking him if he wants fries with that.