By John Hamburger
Minnesota restaurant owners should prep for a minimum wage of at least $9.00 per hour, maybe $9.50. I can’t imagine a DFL governor and legislature turning down an opportunity to mandate what employers should pay their employees, no matter what the consequences to business.
The debate about minimum wage will never end. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says a minimum wage increase doesn’t hurt employment. The Wall Street Journal’s Steven Moore says it will further drive up teen unemployment, and will result in fewer employed adults.
The minimum wage debate got a big boost with President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address, where he proposed Congress work to raise the base wage for U.S. workers to $9 per hour, up from $7.25. Those paying attention to local politics know that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton voiced his support for minimum wage increases proposed by the state legislature up to $9.50.
Raising the rate to this level would return the minimum wage to its purchasing value from nearly 40 years ago: According to a 2012 Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry study, “In 2011 dollars, the Minnesota minimum fell from $8.36 in 1974 to $6.15 in 2010, while the U.S. minimum fell from $9.13 to $7.25.” In that time, worker productivity has nearly doubled.
By Kenneth D. Suzan
For food truck owners, establishing a trademark early prevents headaches and provides clear sailing for important social media marketing campaigns.
A Minnesota food truck operating under the name “Twisted Sister House of Hunger” receives a cease and desist letter from heavy metal band Twisted Sister objecting to the name of a popular food truck. The estate of Frank Sinatra successfully opposes a food truck in Michigan seeking to federally trademark the name “Franks Anatra.” A New York City restaurateur is victorious in using his top selling pork belly steamed bun sandwich known as “Chairman Bao” and forces a food truck in San Francisco to change its name from “The Chairman Bao Truck” to “The Chairman Truck.”
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