Sadly, downtown Tacoma used to be a proud city with thousands of startup businesses up and down the streets. One street was fittingly named "Commerce Street." Now the fastest growing businesses seem to be the ones that print signs that say "For Rent."
The buildings of Tacoma are nearly 30 percent vacant. It would be even worse if State Farm hadn’t moved here. Would it come today?
What Tacoma needs is more businesses to come and fill up these vacant buildings. However, our city and its leaders are now making it more challenging. They are forcing employers to pay mandatory sick time and even moving towered a $15 hourly minimum wage, $31,200 per year.
I am so grateful that my first boss wasn’t required to give me $15 per hour and minimum sick days. As a sophomore in high school, I never would have learned the valuable lessons and pride of having my first job. As a dish washer in training, I wasn’t worth that much!
I can only hope that our city wakes up and becomes more business friendly before there are even more vacancies and even fewer kids with the opportunity to have a job.