Friday, January 27, 2006

The "Let Them Eat Filet Mignon" Bill

Rep. Kathy Stein (D-Lexington) wants waiters and waitresses to be paid the federal minimum wage. Tipped employees must currently be paid at least $2.13 per hour by their employer. The federal minimum wage is $5.15, but Ted Kennedy wants it increased, so here we go.

I suppose she thinks all restaurant owners are multi-millionaire Republicans, but the businesses that aren't shut down by this will have to raise prices. So who gets to pay for Rep. Stein's largesse? You do. Oh, and the tipped employees who lose their jobs probably won't appreciate it much either.

Eat up.