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Something missing from the discussions concerning raising the minimum wage is that the tipped minimum wage hasn’t been increased since 1991.

The tipped minimum wage was established in 1966 at 50 percent of the regular minimum wage. Today it is $2.13 per hour, 29 percent of the federal minimum wage. This wage applies whether the employee works at a small coffee shop, an upscale restaurant or anywhere in between.

Pennsylvania does slightly better for its tipped workers at $2.83, but tipped workers have still been largely left behind.

The writer is a server.

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