Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage [AUDIO]

Somewhere, <a href="" target="_blank">Tom Emmer smiles</a>.

Somewhere, Tom Emmer smiles.

In a controversy reminiscent of the one the governor embroiled himself in this spring when he ill-advisedly suggested Minnesotans who want medical marijuana simply buy pot off the street, Mark Dayton is now backing off remarks he made about Minnesota's minimum wage during a meeting with the Rochester Post-Bulletin's editorial board last week.

Asked about Minnesota's new, higher minimum wage, Dayton said, "It may be that we have to fine-tune it. I understand my sons' frustration with the tip credit issue. They make a very articulate case."

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Dayton's sons Eric and Andrew own the acclaimed Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. The "frustration" their father mentioned refers to Minnesota not having a lower minimum wage for tipped employees.

Here's the full audio of Dayton's comment about the minimum wage issue:

But Dayton Press Secretary Matt Swenson tells us, "The governor does not support a tip penalty and does not want to make any minimum wage change at this time."

"He said he understands the concerns of some people in the business community," Swenson says. "The conversation turned to restaurants, his sons own a restaurant, and he said, 'I understand how some restaurants view this issue,' and then they asked him if he'd be up to changing the law in the future and the governor's position is that he's open to considering other peoples' viewpoints. But as far as changing the minimum wage right now, he doesn't support or advocate any changes."

Minnesota's new minimum wage law "is a great bill that's going to help 325,000 Minnesotans support their families and make their way into the middle class," Swenson says.

Swenson's comments aside, conservatives wasted no time seizing upon Dayton's latest alleged flip-flop:
-- MN Jobs Coalition (@MNJobsCoalition) June 17, 2014 Polling released this week by Public Policy Polling indicates that while Dayton's approval rating is only 48 percent, he still has at least a 10-point lead over each of the four Republicans hoping to win the MNGOP primary and challenge him in November.

h/t -- Rochester Post-Bulletin

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