Thursday, 26 January 2017 16:13

Legislature discussing tip credit change to ballot initiative Featured

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AUGUSTA - After the recent minimum wage increase, many restaurant servers say they are actually making less money.

Now, some legislators want to amend the new law so servers get the so-called tip credit reinstated. It allows waiters to be paid less than the minimum wage, but make up the rest in tips.

 

The law passed by voters back in November would do away with the tip-credit, and many worry that could lead to a decrease in earnings.

 

One legislator who also owns a restaurant has heard from many servers on the issue.

 

Senator Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth, said "In essence, what a lot of them have said to me, is that they would not do this for a living if the tip credit is repealed. They would go off and work somewhere else because they wouldn't be able to afford working for the twelve dollars an hour, which the wage would go to."

 

Several bills have been filed in an effort to remedy this situation.

 

It's believed the bills will be consolidated, but so far public hearings have not been scheduled yet.