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article image35 cent minimum wage fee angers Minnesota cafe customers

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 7, 2014 in Politics
Stillwater - Customers are voicing their anger on social media sites for the Oasis Cafe after owners added a 35-cent tax to their tickets. Owners state that they need the fee to cover local raises in minimum wage.
After the minimum wage in Minnesota went up by 75 cents businesses and consumers reacted strongly. Many customers are vowing to never return to any business that imposed fees based on the new minimum wage. Now furious former clients are clashing with current customers over whether adding the fee was right. Minnesota is known for having divided views on this even among their own party members so this makes sense.
Some readers could be surprised that government officials with the Department of Labor support a higher minimum wage. As such they have pushed it in many of their publications. Media voices have also called the Minnesota owners "greedy" for their handling of the law.
Democratic officials have also strongly backed a raise of minimum wage up to $10.10 as well. According to PBS this would still be far below a living wage for a family of four at $18.46.
On the other side of the aisle writers with Bloomberg claim that raising the minimum wage has no impact on poverty and hurts job growth. Other writers with Reason comment that the free market should fix the problem and that it eliminates jobs.
While many voices are insulting the business a few are defending them as well. Fans and detractors are lining up along party lines as this has become a political issue now. Debates have even moved to Google+ as well.
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