On Tuesday, 15 Now organizers submitted 1,300 signatures to the City of Tacoma asking the City Council to require all businesses to pay a minimum wage of $15/hr.
Unfortunately for the business community, several councilmembers seem very interested in raising the minimum wage on a city-by-city basis.
While the proponents have not shared any details of a proposal with the business community, they are likely overlooking the potential impacts to EMPLOYEES including reduced benefits, reduced hours and jobs being moved outside Tacoma.
With the Seattle economy currently driven by high-skilled/high-paid jobs the cost of living in Seattle is 22% higher Tacoma. This differential is exacerbated even further when you consider the average home price in Tacoma is only 40% of the average home price in Seattle. The idea that Tacoma needs to have a minimum wage comparable to Seattle’s just doesn’t make sense.
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