Craig Newcomb (@KOMOCraig) November 06, 2013
Voters in SeaTac, a city of about 29,000, may have approved an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour:
The SeaTac ‘Good Jobs Initiative’ to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for workers in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and at airport-related businesses was winning 54-46%, with 3,283 votes counted Tuesday night.
Many are expressing surprise and happiness about the economically illiterate measure:
$15 minimum wage in Seatac. Now let's bring it to the rest of America <3—
Bradford Stephens (@LusciousPear) November 06, 2013
Holy shit, I'm going to go live in Seatac! They raised the city minimum wage to $15 a hour—
Sherman March on ATL (@KingFeLeX_sp) November 06, 2013
$15/hr minimum wage passed in SeaTac. Well done, you guys. I'm excited for what this means going forward.—
Rachel Swan (@stickrachel) November 06, 2013
SEIU VP David Rolf on SeaTac's $15/hour minimum wage measure: "Voters are tired of waiting for CEOs or Congress to do the right thing."—
Amy Martinez (@amyemartinez) November 06, 2013
Huge night for prosperity. City of SeaTac raises minimum wage to $15.—
Nick Hanauer (@NickHanauer) November 06, 2013
$15 minimum wage in SeaTac was passed bye y'all moving to SeaTac lol—
Alexis Alman☯ (@turnd0wn4what) November 06, 2013
Others are not as happy. Most economists agree that mandating a high minimum wage depresses employment among employees who have few skills and need entry-level positions to gain those skills. Most likely, the increased labor costs will be passed on to consumers, making SeaTac businesses less able to compete with competitors located in nearby cities.
Why am I not surprised that SeaTac passed the $15 minimum wage proposition. Idiots.—
kenzie (@Raised__Right) November 06, 2013
So… $15 an hour minimum wage in seatac… Hmmm.. Glad my job right now makes $5 less an hour than the McDonalds and 7-11 worker in seatac.—
trevor thompson (@trevthompson12) November 06, 2013
With proponents declaring this the start of a national trend, all eyes are on SeaTac:
The founders wanted local governments to conduct experiments in political administration. It will be interesting to see how this one works out.