Measure 1B was placed on the ballot by a strong majority of the Tacoma City Council and is supported by community and business leaders who are committed to addressing income inequality with a solution appropriate for the city of Tacoma and our economy.

Measure 1B will raise the city minimum wage from $9.47 to $12.00 an hour, providing a 27 percent increase for low-wage workers. The measure will provide each minimum wage worker with several thousand dollars a year on top of their current wage.

On top of that, Measure 1B will phase in the increase to $12 an hour over two years, giving Tacoma businesses and nonprofit organizations time to prepare for and adjust to the new wage. Then the city minimum wage will be increased each successive year based on the state’s cost of living.

The other city minimum wage initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot, Measure 1, is not the right fit for Tacoma. It would increase the city’s minimum wage immediately on Dec. 4 to $15 an hour, $4 an hour higher than Seattle’s minimum wage. That doesn’t make sense for Tacoma, where the cost of living is 83 percent of the cost of living in Seattle. Seattle’s minimum wage doesn’t reach $15 for most businesses until 2021.

Measure 1B was put on a ballot by the Tacoma City Council because it supports both workers and the small businesses that are the heart and soul of Tacoma’s economy. Measure 1B is a right-sized solution that makes sense for the city of Tacoma.