Minimum wage ballot question centers on economics

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Minimum wage ballot question centers on economics

Businesses say it could cause harm, proponents say it could get more money circulating
Jason Lemonedes, pantry cook at the Ore House prepares a dish on Thursday night. Amendment 70 is asking voters to consider an increase in minimum wages for tipped and traditional wages. Co-owner of the Ore House Ryan Lowe would like to see reform that addresses the disparity between servers and kitchen staff created by tipped wages.
Ore House cooks, from left, Jack Roberts and Jose Vasquez, hand off food to servers Sean McCleary, Tony Simplicio and Jamie Miller. The proposed minimum wage ballot question would increase the hourly wage from $8.31 to $12 in 2020. At the Ore House, non-tipped staff already make more than $12 an hour.

Minimum wage ballot question centers on economics

Jason Lemonedes, pantry cook at the Ore House prepares a dish on Thursday night. Amendment 70 is asking voters to consider an increase in minimum wages for tipped and traditional wages. Co-owner of the Ore House Ryan Lowe would like to see reform that addresses the disparity between servers and kitchen staff created by tipped wages.
Ore House cooks, from left, Jack Roberts and Jose Vasquez, hand off food to servers Sean McCleary, Tony Simplicio and Jamie Miller. The proposed minimum wage ballot question would increase the hourly wage from $8.31 to $12 in 2020. At the Ore House, non-tipped staff already make more than $12 an hour.
Voter information

The Nov. 8 election is the first presidential election in which all voters will receive a ballot through the mail if registered to vote by Monday.
Here are some details:
Ballots were mailed beginning last week.Ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at secure, 24-hour drop boxes at: La Plata County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 98 Everett St., Durango; Bayfield Town Hall, 1199 Bayfield Parkway, Bayfield; La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 East Second Ave., Durango; or Farmers Fresh Market, 535 Goddard Ave., Ignacio.Voter registration is open through Election Day.Voter Service and Polling Centers in La Plata County will be open Monday through Saturday, beginning Monday.For a sample ballot and times and addresses for polling centers, visit bit.ly/2dGU3VD.For stories about all the ballot issues and candidates, visitdurangoherald.com/election.

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