Wages Increase for Servers
Governor Blunt says tipped workers are entitled to $3.25 an hour, or half the state's new minimum wage.
Ernie's owner saw it coming.
"We've been fairer than minimum wage here for into a second decade," said Tom Spurling
Decades that have taught him not to worry about the dollars and the cents.
"If you do a fair trade and you do a fair business, you're gonna be fine," said Spurling. "Taxes, no taxes, increased taxes, whatever it is, you just got to get it done."
Spurling says he may not, but many businesses will get it done by passing costs onto the customer.Inside Ernie's they'll probably be just fine. But outside there are more businesses with more employees to pay and if they all respond by raising their prices, it may cost more to go out to eat in the near future.
But some patrons say that's a price worth paying.
"If prices are raised and the money is going to the workers, I have no problem at all," said Chris Williams.
Rising prices often mean inflation, which means that increase may not turn out to be much at all. Questions over back pay are still under consideration.