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Costly Surcharges on the Menu as Diners Pay for Restaurant Regulations

Diners may find more offerings on the menu at an increasing number of Twin Cities restaurants these days but not necessarily the usual gourmet fare. In addition to entrees, drinks and desserts, the tab now often includes a health care or other surcharge as restaurants seek to recover higher costs due to minimum wage hikes, paid time off and other costly new local government regulations. The trend remained largely under the radar until a diner surprised by a three percent surcharge tacked onto the cost of his meal filed a law suit, according to the Star Tribune. Christopher Ashbach, 40, of Arden...

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What needs to be understood about price control schemes, including minimum wage laws – They never work

It should not come as a surprise that a local St. Paul institution is citing the $15 minimum wage law as one of its reasons for going out of business. High operating costs are inevitable for businesses operating in areas with a high minimum wage. With that comes cutting hours, laying off people or going out of business. That reality has always been the same throughout history; controlling prices, wages included, leads to negative consequences. As early as 4000 years ago, the Babylonians had the code of Hammurabi, which had stipulations of wage control and other price control measures. Among other laws,...

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