Published on October 21st, 2015 | by Sean Alexander6
Calculating Tacoma’s cost of living
Over the past few months, I have been paying close attention to the boiling pot that is Initiative 1 and have found myself increasingly unsatisfied with the dialogue from both sides.
Detractors have said that the measure represents a ‘fairy tale’ and laid out a litany of reasons why the measure will cripple local businesses and result in the loss of hundreds, thousands, millions of jobs. Supporters have grown angry and sarcastic, belittling efforts of compromise by the city council and mayor and failing to recognize proposed Initiative 1B as the partial win that it is.
Bottom line, there has been too much extreme speculation on both sides of this measure.
A wage hike of this proportion is unprecedented in an area this size, so nobody really knows what will happen if it passes.
Additionally, no one has provided any researched information about what it actually does cost to live in Tacoma. I have attempted to do that here and I hope it is helpful in furthering the conversation locally. Below is a graphic that considers the minimum wage vs. the cost of living in Tacoma.
This is an important issue that deserves a close look and a thoughtful conversation because it is, at it’s core, about equality and the sacrifices that we have to make to if we actually want to live in a more equal society.
Don’t forget to read up on the current slate of issues/candidates and vote by November 3rd. If you are anti-voting at this point then GTFU.