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  Emmer In Damage Control Mode: Meeting Waiters After Claiming They Made $100K In Tips
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AuthorEric Kleefeld
News DateFriday, July 9, 2010 08:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMinnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, appears to be going into damage control mode in the wake of his proposal to lower the minimum wage for waiters by crediting their tips towards the state's wage requirement. He now has a listening tour session coming up this Wednesday, at which he will meet with servers.

The Star Tribune published an editorial with the fitting title, "Tip to Emmer: Drop gratuity idea." Of his insistence that economic forces would result in workers' pay remaining the same, they said: "The result is a contradictory message with a cynical aftertaste. Emmer appears to be telling business owners that he wants to do them a favor at their workers' expense. Then he tells those same workers: Don't worry. Your employers will discover they can't really lower your pay, no matter what state law says."
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