The Tacoma City Council has announced that it may repeal Tacoma Municipal Code, Chapter 18.20 on Minimum Wage, which established the city’s own standards for minimum wage requirements. Effective Jan.1, 2020, the statewide minimum wage will exceed Tacoma’s for the first time, prompting a discussion of repeal.
In 2015, before the state had established its own employment standards laws, the Council adopted Tacoma Municipal Code 18.20 on Minimum Wage, which went into effect on Feb. 1, 2016.
In 2016, with voter approval of Initiative 1433 in Washington state, minimum wage changed statewide with an increase of the state’s minimum wage that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
A final reading of Ordinance 28646 to repeal Tacoma Municipal Code Title 18.20 on Minimum Wage is expected to take place Dec.17. If the ordinance is adopted, the city will rely solely on state laws and enforcement moving forward.
Currently, the city’s minimum wage is $12.35 and would increase to $12.54 on Jan. 1, 2020 if the ordinance is not repealed. The state’s minimum wage is currently $12.00 and will increase to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. If the ordinance is repealed, Tacoma’s minimum wage will increase to $13.50 along with the statewide implementation.
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