We, like many of our fellow D.C. residents, have seen the “Save Our Tips” signs all over town. As anti-poverty advocates and researchers, we take seriously the argument that we should listen to people who are directly affected by a given policy. There are many well-intentioned people who plan to vote against Initiative 77—the ballot initiative that would phase out the sub-minimum wage earned by tipped workers by 2026—because they know servers, mainly in higher-end restaurants and bars, who are against it.
The above excerpt was originally published in PoPville.
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