Missouri's Division of Labor standards issued a press release last week reminding business owners that minimum wate will increase 15 cents on January 1st 2008 from $6.50 to $6.65 per hour.
When I first heard Missouri had a separate minimum wage for servers I was shocked. But the reality is most servers make their money off tips. Restaurants typically schedule servers based on a target percentage x's estimated sales.
Branson is relatively predictable due to the tourists cycles and an increase in hourly labor means most restaurants allocate less hours.
The increase in Branson restaurant labor cost means a lower quality of service for tourists and lower pay for Branson employees.