The debate over the sub-minimum wage for restaurant workers is on and as usual the one size fits all government approach doesn't work so well.
Many tipped workers do very well, and much of what they receive is tax free, certainly if its in cash.
Others don't do so well, but it depends on their own skills and where they work.
Certainly in an urban area, what is adequate may differ from rural areas. Some jobs are just starter jobs for young people, while others are trying to earn a living
And tips themselves, are a subjective allocation made by customers, based on their own criteria. Albany will impose a solution that will make no one happy. But rest assured, the egalitarians who devise the policy will be paid 20 to 30 times an hour what the little people make that they claim to be fighting for.
Tipped workers seek higher wage - Times Union