Three time Merit Scholar Joe Balyeat, so concerned about the plight of restaurant workers, voted to exempt tipped employees from inflationary increases in the minimum wage, to punish servers for their greedy behavior:
One Republican, Sen. Joe Balyeat of Bozeman, said he was supporting it in part because many waitresses don’t share tips with busboys and other back kitchen staff. He said it’s not right that the waitresses earn a lot more.
The measure passed the Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs committee, with all six Republicans voting yes.
The Republicans at the Legislature are willing to simultaneously wail and gnash their teeth at the plight of the poor oil man while refusing to support people who work low-paying jobs. Roy Brown voted to effectively reduce the take home pay of Montanans today, just days after arguing that a $1-a-barrel surtax on oil would devastate oil development in the state.
I wonder if Roy, Joe, and other Republican ‘leaders’ who consistently vote against the interests of working people can imagine what kind of devastation happens when someone loses a third of their paycheck.