Why Raise the Minimum Wage

Because a large segment of the people who work, live and shop in Tacoma are adults who are barely getting by

$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)

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