This past November, Washington D.C. voters approved Initiative 82, increasing tipped employees’ minimum wage. Bars, restaurants, and salons will need to adjust their budgets to ensure their employees are paid the district minimum wage of $16.10 by 2027.
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington believes Initiative 82 will cause restaurants to layoff employees, and raise menu prices. Local resident Zachary Rene believes otherwise.
It’s probably a good thing and I think it’s probably long overdue anyways,” said Rene. “I definitely think people will still support the businesses and also tip on top of a livable fair wage.”
Congress has the final say on whether this law will be implemented. However, it is expected that it will pass. Starting May 1, wage before tips will increase from $5.35 to $6.