Why Raise the Minimum Wage
$9.47 DOESN’T COVER THE BASICS
The current state minimum wage of $9.47 doesn’t cover basic needs. For instance, following the rule of thumb that housing should account for no more than 30% of one’s income, an individual would need to make $16.13 per hour just to afford a one bedroom apartment in Tacoma. And that’s only if they get a full 40-hour work week!
39K WORKERS WOULD GET A RAISE
Women and people of color are disproportionately represented in low-wage jobs. Because of this inequality, they would especially experience wage gains as a result of a $15.00 minimum wage in Tacoma.
LOCAL BUSINESSES WILL NOT CLOSE
We have 20 years of real world experience and the data shows that the economic argument against raising the minimum wage doesn’t hold water – jobs are not lost and businesses have thrived.
MAJORITY OF TACOMA VOTERS SUPPORT IT
A majority of Tacoma voters support a $15 per hour minimum wage, but prefer a five-year phased-in approach to the overnight increase.
Who Supports Raising the Wage
Stories from Tacoma Workers, Small Business Owners and Faith Leaders (*Click on names for video)
Conservative special interests are lobbying the Tacoma City Council hard right now, and we need regular people like you to reach out and tell members of the council why it is so critical that we raise the minimum wage to $15. We’ve heard countless stories from workers who are barely making it, despite working full[…]
Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families receiving food stamps had at least one member working, and 25% had 2 or more members working. Of low-wage workers in Washington: 29% are parents with children at home, and 46% have attended college. They are 55% White; 24% Latino; 21% Black,[…]
The Minimum Wage Task Force submitted their final report and recommendations to the Tacoma City Council. In that report, a super majority of members recommended the City of Tacoma achieve a minimum hourly wage of at least $15 for everyone working in Tacoma by 2024, and that the City raise the minimum hourly wage for[…]
With the potential of several competing ballot measures before Tacoma voters this fall, Raise Up Tacoma took to the phones to ask voters what minimum wage increase they would support. Key findings of this poll include: A majority of Tacoma voters support a $15 per hour minimum wage, and prefer a phased-in approach over the[…]
Big business interests are claiming that implementing a minimum wage increase “too quickly” will result in businesses being shuttered and workers losing jobs. This is an argument we’ve heard before. And it’s not true. There is no need to phase in a minimum wage increase over the course of nine years for the largest businesses in[…]