At the Des Moines Register, Maria Reppas remembers her time working in a restaurant and makes the case that small business owners (such as restaurants) are grousing about the wrong shortage. A snippet (emphasis added):
When I hear about the “labor shortage” in the restaurant industry, I look at the pay. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour, and for tipped servers it’s $2.13 an hour. Despite increased costs of living, those rates haven’t changed since 2009 and 1991, respectively. . . .
Instead of a mythical labor shortage, the United States has a livable wage shortage.