commented on Polaris, the Band Time (Nearly) Forgot Plays the Crocodile Tonight
Oh yeah... I watched that show. Have not thought about it since something like 1994 but I recognized the kids when I googled them. Can't recall the band or the songs but they'd probably be familiar if I heard them. File this along with Tales of the Gold Monkey and Out of Control, under "TV shows that I know I watched and don't remember anything about, that must have Influenced me in some strange and ineffable way"
commented on Sawant Campaign Avoided Payroll Taxes by Paying Consultants as Contractors
I agree with others saying that paying consultants as independent contractors is standard, and not inherently shitty.
It matters a lot how much they got paid. Were they getting $15/hour flat rate, before taxes and expenses? Or $50/hour? I've worked as a consultant and the standard practice is to expect to get paid more per hour than a salaried staff person, understanding that that was the exchange for a loss in benefits. I expense my home office, travel time, and all other things, and paid SE taxes of about 12% on the net profit. So if they were paid $15 hourly, then yes, this is a problem. If they were paid $50 hourly, then it is not a problem.
The question of city business licenses is a totally different topic. It's the contractor's job to figure that out, and pay B&O taxes.
commented on Restaurant Servers Say Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service
I am so totally okay with restaurant service going down because of this. Maybe it's because I'm a parent and don't have time to eat out a lot.. Maybe it's because I'm Mustacian and don't feel the need to eat out a lot... But I just don't care that much about restaurant service in the grand scheme of things. I feel for the waiters - they've gotten used to something that may change, but I just don't think they are inherently entitled to an unusually high wage compared to workers in other fields.
commented on Ivar’s Salmon House Is Going Tipless
I always tip in a socially appropriate way (15-20%), even as I feel that the system does not make any sense. So I think it would be a huge and unexpected side-benefit of the 5Now campaign if this model (of Ivar's) took hold the tipping system was generally phased out in Seattle. It just doesn't make sense.