I was honored to be named to the City of Tacoma’s minimum wage task force because I believe an independent review of the issue, utilizing economic data and statistics specific to Tacoma is what residents and businesses deserve.
As chairperson of the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council and as a vice president for a Tacoma company with more than 200 employees, I am confident I will bring real-life experience to the discussion.
However, within hours of being named to the task force, I was contacted by City Councilman Anders Ibsen asking to discuss the task force with him. I was shocked to get a call from him and even more disappointed that he would think reaching out to task force members was appropriate, since he will be voting on the suggestions we provide to council.
Ibsen has publicly supported 15 Now and should not spend time lobbying this volunteer citizens task force. Perhaps if he focused on his duties as a council member, we could avoid having to create such a task force. He could have introduced his own minimum wage bill, but that would be too transparent. He would rather run campaigns than propose sensible policy.