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Published August 22, 2012, 06:09 PM

Moorhead wants tax credit for restaurants

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead leaders are hearing loud and clear, that people want more restaurants in the city.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead leaders are hearing loud and clear, that people want more restaurants in the city.

Restaurants in Minnesota have to pay wait staff at least minimum wage, while in North Dakota wait staff can be paid less than minimum wage because they receive tips.

Some say this is why Moorhead has had trouble attracting some nationally known restaurant chains.

The city wants to ask the state to give a tax credit to restaurants with wait staff to even the playing field with Fargo.

Mark Hintermeyer, Moorhead City Councilman: “In the past we've had success mitigating that competitive disadvantage in a borders city legislation as they call it, so my hope is we can use that vehicle here come next year’s legislative session to put on some proposals to even that out.”

Moorhead plans to ask Dilworth, Breckenridge and East Grand Forks to join them in lobbying the legislature.

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