She introduced legislation to roll back the minimum wage to $5.15 for the first year of employment. He ought to be able to win on that alone, considering all evidence is that we've created jobs after the new minimum wage bill. I don't like all his positions, but he's a damned site better than her.
In most states, they don't. So the minimum wage is a huge issue for our restaurant industry, which is also huge because this is a tourist state. The bigger problem though, as I understand, is the alcohol laws and what kinds of establishments can serve hard liquor. I don't entirely get it because I don't drink, but apparently restaurants in other states make a huge profit on their bar sales. So Oregon has both the min wage issue and the bar issue to deal with.
And yet, the only thing that seems to hurt restaurants in my little town is when they serve extraordinarily bad food. I have to say extraordinarily because none of it is all that good to start with.
Still, nobody has gone out of business since the min wage law passed around 5 years ago. It's tagged to inflation too, so it's $7.50 hr now. And unemployment has gone down in that time. We lost a ton of tech business back around 2000, that's been the biggest problem. Now, they've closed the ocean to commercial salmon fishing, that is going to hurt alot of my fishing charter clients, and likely me too. *sigh* It's always something.
My daughter works at a restaurant in Richmond close to VCU, and this big group came in and someone said isn't that some big politician?. Then asked my daughter if he was Dem or Repub, she didn't know who it was, so she said you'll find out when they tip, if its bad, its a Repub, if its good, its a Dem. Well the tip was bad and someone informed them that it was Kilgore. They asked my daughter how she knew that, her answer, because they could care less about us, Dems care.
She makes 2.13 an hour plus tips, and usually her paycheck is 0 and by the end the year she usually has to take money out of her tips just to be right on her taxes.
and that story about tipping does ring true from my dad waited tables when I was younger and waited on plentoy of big shots. I got a brother who works at a restaurant downtown now. Everything about Kilgore during hte campaign told me the man was a Prick with a capital R.
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