Waffle House tries to take politics out of minimum wage tussle

Waffle House has an idea for tying the federal minimum wage to inflation that might help President Biden defuse bipartisan opposition to his target of hitting $15 an hour in 2025.

The restaurant chain, which has 40,000 workers, developed a model that would increase the minimum wage in one-dollar increments from the current level of $7.25 to about $12 over the next four years (depending on inflation), with tipped workers earning half that, in a plan finding favor on Capitol Hill.

The White House says it is open to new ideas after Biden’s $15 goal was stripped from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending bill.

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