Restaurant operators voice major concerns with proposed minimum-wage hike

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - For Colorado restaurant leaders, who are the primary funders of the campaign to defeat the minimum-wage hike on November’s ballot, a major sticking point in the proposed constitutional amendment is its provision raising the credit for tipped workers at the same monetary levels as it raises the ground-floor wage for statewide workers.

Though Colorado’s minimum wage is now $8.31 an hour, employees who receive tips as part of their jobs can get a lower base salary of $5.29 per hour with the expectation that the gratuities they get will put them over that $8.31 mark.

Under Amendment 70, which ups the minimum wage 44 percent to $12 an hour by 2020, those tipped workers would get the same $3.69 hourly boost during that time, lifting their base pay 70 percent and creating what restaurant operators say is an even bigger gap in take-home earnings between them and lower-paid dishwashers and cooks.

On Wednesday, officials on opposing sides of the proposal discussed this and other issues that weigh heavily on eatery owners at a debate hosted by EatDenver.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bizj.us/1o8yi2

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