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$15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma
It's official - in November Tacomans will get to cast their vote for or against a proposal that would make the city's minimum wage $15 an hour. That's according to the Pierce County elections office, which last week announced that 15 Now Tacoma had gathered enough signatures to get its proposal on the ballot.
The group needed 3,160 signatures, and they gathered 3,231 valid ones from registered Tacoma voters, along with 2,304 signatures ruled invalid for a variety of reasons. But they've got enough to move on to the next phase.
Meanwhile the City of Tacoma's Minimum Wage Task Force is moving ahead with its exploration of "minimum wage alternatives." The citizen committee will make a recommendation to Tacoma City Council by June 30. There seems to be a good chance of that recommendation differing from the 15 Now ballot measure. If it does, and if the council decides to pursue it, they can't just amend the citizen-approved initiative. They could, however, develop their own proposition for the voters, which could show up on the November ballot alongside the 15 Now proposal.
This is going to get interesting.
You can send your thoughts on the topic to the minimum wage task force via email. Read more from The News Tribune and on the City's minimum wage task force page. Previously from Exit133: Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force to be Formed.
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