Tacoma mayor: $15 minimum wage would be a ‘shock’ to the economy

MyNorthwest.com – A $15 minimum wage is too high for Tacoma and may not have been the best choice for Seattle, Mayor Marilyn Strickland told KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz. For starters, the cost of living in Seattle is higher than Tacoma, so a similar minimum wage isn’t appropriate, she said. The median rent in Seattle … READ MORE

TNT Editorial: If Tacoma is to raise the minimum wage, do it the smart way

Tacoma News Tribune editorial board – You have to credit the 15 Now Tacoma folks. With the threat of a radical ballot initiative, they’ve forced the capitalist running dogs of Tacoma — i.e., the City Council and Chamber of Commerce — to scramble for an alternative that will undoubtedly involve raising the minimum wage in … READ MORE

Matt Driscoll: Seize chance for compromise on Tacoma’s minimum wage

Tacoma News Tribune – Cue the “Kumbaya.” On Tuesday, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council came together to create a Minimum Wage Task Force — a group of 13 or so people who will be asked to craft a compromise on raising the minimum wage in Tacoma. The decision was inspired by a letter … READ MORE

Tacoma mayor, Chamber agree to work on alternative to $15 minimum wage

Tacoma News Tribune By Kathleen Cooper – Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, at the urging of a leading business group, agreed Tuesday to work toward a ballot measure that provides a gradual increase to the city’s minimum wage. The creation of the Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force is the first organized response to 15 Now Tacoma, … READ MORE