On November 5th 2013, the voters of the of Sea-Tac decided to raise the minimum wage to $15 /hour within the city limits. It is no secret that the creators of this initiative, if successful, planned to expand it to the whole of the Seattle area and then spreadout across the State of Washington. With no faith that Seattle leadership will give them the $15 minimum wage requirement they want; a non-profit by the name of “$15in2014,” has written an initiative for approval by the City Council of Seattle. This initiative (if passed) would setup a complicated, minimum wage requirement based on tiers of company size, revenue, number of locations, type of business and that’s just the beginning. It is even laced with an incentive that would reduce B&O taxes for businesses located in the City of Seattle. Seems like a noble idea however, the consequences are real. There is a real need to address business taxes in Washington, but this initiative will harm the ability of low skilled workers to gain employment. Some people will inadvertently go from a $9.19/hour job, to a Zero/hour job because of their replacements.
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So if you were a business owner and your profit margins where thin, how would you protect your livelihood and investment? The picture becomes clear.