Jay in Ames:

Latest brainstorm by Outgoing Senator Tom Harkin (still love the sound of that). Betty the waitress will get a raise!

But did anyone interview her boss? Would Betty still have a job? What does Betty make in tips per hour (I’ll bet it’s more than $4.65 an hour, or she’s a shitty waitress)? What benefits does Betty get, and why? If $10 is fair, why not $20 an hour, $50 an hour, etc?

Just asking questions here.

Originally posted on whotv.com:

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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa wants to increase the minimum wage, and that would include the first increase for tipped workers in more than 20-years.

As a waitress, Betty Waters of Des Moines is trying to raise her four sons on just $4.35 an hour plus tips.  “Trying to buy food is hard.” says Waters, “I mean, hamburger, macaroni and cheese, hamburger and hotdogs just to make sure that your kids have any kind of food in their stomachs is the best that we can do.”

Harkin is proposing legislation that would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers like Waters from $2.13 per hour to $6.85 per hour.  Waters says that would be a big help, but small business owners say it could be devastating.

“It’s going to really impact my ability to hire additional people when I start to get busier.  So I am…

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