I usually go to lunch in Downtown Missoula every day and I usually go the the same places and order the same thing. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to trying new things on the menu.
I noticed that the prices on the menus have gone up about 15% in the last two weeks. I wondered why. So I asked the managers and owners. They had to raise their prices in order to pay for the increase in the minimum wage.
Are all the local restaurant and business owners raising their prices? I bet they are. Are the employees who received an increase in their wages, because of the new law, coming out any more ahead? I doubt it. Employers still have to pay their bills and so they pass on the increase in their payroll expenses to the customer.
I also have bills to pay and did not benefit from the minimum wage increase so I decided to reduce my tips by about 15%.