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As Obama Stresses Minimum Wage, Minn. Restaurants Worry

Updated: 06/26/2014 10:53 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 1:59 PM WDIO.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With President Barack Obama in Minnesota to tout an increasing state minimum wage, some restaurant owners are expressing concern that the coming bump will end up costing the dining public.

Obama's trip Thursday inspired a renewed call by Minnesota's hospitality industry for changes to a just-passed law that will push Minnesota's hourly minimum up in three stages starting this summer. It goes from $6.15 per hour to $8 in August, with yearly increases taking it to $9.50 by 2016.

Restaurant owners want to be able to count a portion of tips toward wait staff wages. An attempt to do that failed last session.

Ed Fong, whose family has run a Bloomington restaurant for 56 years, says he's considering raising prices by a dollar an entree to offset new labor costs.

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