I have run a small business in Tacoma for almost 40 years. This sitting City Council is the only council in all those years that I would classify as anti-business.
It has, by admission of Councilmen Ryan Mello and Anders Ibsen, been working on a paid leave ordinance for more than two years. The small business community was apprised of the ordinance in November.
There has been a litany of anecdotal testimony before the council by citizens commiserating over the abuses by Fred Meyer, McDonald's and Wal-Mart while exhorting the council to pass a generous paid leave ordinance. They apparently must think all businesses are as wealthy as Wal-Mart. Most small businesses are family run, and most treat their employees more like family than employees.
This type of issue should be on a larger stage; it is a state issue, not a local issue.
This council has also seen fit to force 100 percent of the responsibility on the employer and absolutely none on the employees. They apparently feel that employers are untrustworthy, and all employees are trustworthy saints.
This council needs to keep its socialist attitudes out of small businesses' business.