State officials thinking about raising servers' minimum wage

State lawmakers are thinking about raising the base minimum wage for waiters and waitresses. Currently, servers make $6.07 an hour plus tips. The proposal would raise the base pay over the next three

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2016, 3:20 AM

Updated 3,058 days ago

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State lawmakers are thinking about raising the base minimum wage for waiters and waitresses.
Currently, servers make $6.07 an hour plus tips. The proposal would raise the base pay over the next three to six years to the same minimum everybody else makes, which is over $10.
Some restaurant owners say it will cost them too much and it will raise the restaurant bill.
"It probably, in the long run, makes my business untenable," says Joe Bruno, owner of Bruculino restaurant. Bruno says a higher minimum wage might mean the end of tipping, something that many servers rely on for the bulk of their income.
Other business owners voiced support for the idea.
"It's about time. I think it's the best idea," says Alexandros Savvidis, owner of Norwalk's Silver Star Diner.
 


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