Examines current minimum wage policies including the tipped minimum wage and provides evidence to support eliminating the tipped minimum wage in favor of one regular federal minimum wage.

“Proposed federal minimum-wage legislation, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014 – also known as the Harkin-Miller bill – would not only increase the federal regular minimum wage to $10.10, but for the first time in decades would also reconnect the subminimum wage for tipped workers back to the regular minimum wage by requiring the former be equal to 70 percent of the latter. This would be a strong step in the right direction; however, we present evidence that tipped workers would be better off still if we simply eliminated the tipped minimum wage, and paid these workers the full regular minimum wage” (p. 2).

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