TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Tuesday night proposed to the City Council a minimum wage increase to $12. The proposal would gradually put minimum wage at $12 an hour by 2018.
"I think it's fair. I think it gives people a wage that works for Tacoma and it's something I think the voters will vote yes on," she said.
Voters in Tacoma currently have at least one minimum wage option on the ballot proposed by 15 Now Tacoma. It would put minimum wage at $15 an hour immediately.
"When people sometimes say they did this in Sea-Tac, they did this in Seattle, I don't think you can compare the economies," said Mayor Strickland, who thinks $15 minimum wage increase is too high right now.
Strickland's proposal would also require small and large businesses to both pay worker at least $12 an hour
"If a policy is a good one you don't have to make exemptions and car outs and tiers. Right now in Washington State the minimum wage is $9.47 an hour and it applies to everyone," she said.
Council members reviewed the proposal and voted to place it on the November ballot.