27% spike in payroll overnight is too much
Ease into an increase
Debbie Brese, owner and general manager of the Cloverleaf in Tacoma, says that an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase her payroll by 27%. And that doesn’t take into account vendors who supply the Cloverleaf who may raise their rates. The increased wages would likely come out of bonuses, holiday parties and other benefits. The worst-case scenario, and one Debbie will try her hardest to avoid, is laying people off.
“I worry about my 28 employees being able to keep their jobs. We’re like family. They take care of me, I take care of them, and I would like them to be able to continue to live happily in Tacoma.”
Brese says she could support an increase in the minimum wage as long as it’s phased in, like other cities have done.
“An alternative where we can ease into a higher minimum wage, I’m all for it. That’s something I can plan for and foresee and work with, and it wouldn’t bankrupt my business.”
Together, let’s find a local solution that works for Tacoma
“Even in Seattle, where the median household income is 30% higher than in Tacoma, the City Council opted to increase its minimum wage in phases over 7 years.”
- Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber CEO Tom Pierson
Tacoma businesses and residents, led by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, seek to educate our community about the proposal to increase the minimum wage and find a local solution that works for Tacoma.
Our community prides itself on being home to small businesses and for being an affordable place to live and raise a family.