“I was one of the worst waiters in the history of the country but I was a waiter.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the Washington Post, on raising the tipped minimum wage.
Although Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he doesn’t support a federal minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, a new poll suggests that 63% of West Virginians support raising the minimum wage to that level by 2025.
“If I walk into a restaurant and I know the waiter or waitress is making $15 an hour, way more than they used to make the previous year, I am going to say, ‘wait a minute am I going to give you 20%, 15% or whatever?’”
— Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney telling viewers that he isn’t convinced that restaurant workers making a higher $15 minimum wage still deserve the standard 15% to 20% tip for their services.
In early October, Pres. Obama was criticized for causing difficulties for red-state Democrats running for the Senate when he said, “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Despite the flack he took for that rhetoric, one of his policies — raising the minimum wage — was in fact on the ballot in five states, all but one of which, Illinois, were dark red. All five ballot measures ” target=”_blank”>passed handily: