Restaurants are adding labor surcharges to help offset minimum wage increases

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    You have nothing but fallacy. Price inflation happens. Why no outcry when fuel prices doubled, right wingers?
     
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    Fallacy? Dude, price inflation happens due to the rising costs of running a restaurant or any other business, and one of the biggest cost factors in this country is labor. You're advocating for a pretty large increase in labor costs, in some cases nearly doubling it. That cannot be done without a serious impact on price; most restaurant businesses are already operating on a pretty small profit margin as it is, and a significant number of restaurants have gone out of business in recent years. Do you not see that the m-wage increase will drive many more of those businesses into closing? That ain't fallacy, that is reality.

    Don't know how old you are, but there was plenty of outcry when fuel prices soared in the 1970s and every time it's happened since then. People have to put gas in their cars but they don't have to go to McDs, you know? Which BTW has zip to do with the m-wage fight.
     
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    Your surcharge should be under ten percent, not your right wing fantasy.
     
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    Ten percent sounds more like a left wing fantasy to me. Why do you think so many restaurants are automating or have gone out of business in the past 8 years or so? It's a tough business already, and you want to raise prices? Shear lunacy.
     
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    Business fails all the time. the restaurant sector is no exception.

    Even the dollar menu will not double.
     
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    Businesses fail a lot faster when you raise the cost of labor that much. And that dollar menu is going to become the $1.50 menu or maybe the $2 menu if the m-wage goes up as man desire. You do understand that employers will turn to automation a lot sooner and more often as a result of a $15/hr m-wage, right?
     
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    Ask Congress for a tax credit; micromanaging our tax codes is what Congress likes to do best.
     
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    Sounds a lot like the EITC program, which at least is better than raising the m-wage. I don't know what the numbers are in terms of cost to the taxpayers, but if it's temporary and means-tested it's a better way to go that forcing businesses to pay more to an employee than his/her market value is.
     
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    Social services cost around fourteen dollars an hour; it is the reason for a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage.
     

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