Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and small business owner Reggie Frederick support Measure 1B in an op-ed today in the Tacoma News Tribune.
By Marilyn Strickland and Reggie Frederick
Opportunity, diversity, collaboration and a willingness to compromise are all part of what make Tacoma a great community.
We encourage entrepreneurs and businesses, we celebrate the cultures that create the fabric of our city, and we appreciate the accomplishments of the people who live and work here. We want everyone to succeed. And we work together to achieve our civic goals for the greater good.
The time is right for a minimum wage increase in Tacoma, and Measure 1B on this fall’s ballot is the minimum wage increase best suited for our city and our local economy.
Measure 1B will increase the minimum wage in Tacoma to $12 an hour and help address income inequality with a 27 percent wage increase. Phased in over two years, it will give workers a significant boost in income and provide businesses time to plan and adjust.
The Tacoma City Council put Measure 1B on the ballot to give voters a solid reason to vote in favor of raising the minimum wage and provide an alternative to the “all or nothing” solution that calls for an immediate jump to $15 an hour.
Measure 1B, the $12 for Tacoma proposal, is supported by a broad coalition of community and business leaders and was put on the ballot after input and collaboration among Tacoma’s largest employers, small businesses, nonprofits, labor unions, students and elected officials. Like the current minimum wage, $12 for Tacoma is simple, has no exemptions and applies to all workers. It does not discriminate based on age, size of business, benefits offered or industry.