Restaurant managers say higher MI minimum wage would cause lost jobs

By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential

A group working to substantially increase Michigan’s minimum wage says doing so would not likely lead to job losses or higher prices. But restaurant and bar owners disagree.

The coalition, Raise Michigan, is working to increase the minimum wage for all workers from $7.40 to $10.10 per hour over a period of three years. Currently, all Michigan workers are required by law to make at least $7.40 per hour, but tipped workers are allowed to be paid a base wage of $2.65 provided their tips take them over the minimum. If they do not, their employer is required to make up the difference.

Going from $2.65 per hour to $10.10 is a 280 percent increase for some employees, which restaurant managers say would be hard to take.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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