Gubernatorial speed dating: Emmer slips on wait staff minimum wage proposal


One of the best dating tips I ever received was to watch how a man treated wait staff and bartenders. That’s how he’d treat you after a few months into a relationship, my wise friend said. Experience soon taught me the merit of her advice.

That helpful insight came to mind when I read Emmer: Count employees’ tips towards minimum wages:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Emmer said the state could gain jobs if employers could a pay a lower hourly wage to employees who earn a lot of money from tips.

He stopped by the Eagle Street Grille in St. Paul Monday morning, saying government needs to listen to businesses about reducing regulatory burdens and adding jobs.

“With the tips that they get to take home, they are some people earning over $100,000 a year. More than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families’ future,” Emmer said.

Emmer said some well-tipped Eagle Street Grille employees are among those making more than $100,000 a year. But one of the grille’s owners said only a “couple” of his 45 or so servers make that much in a good year.

One doesn’t have to wonder how Emmer would be treating average working people with that take on taxation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics placed the mean annual wages for waiters and waitresses in Minnesota at $22,730.

Let’s just say that if Tom asks for a number so he can chat more about his big visions, he’s getting this one.