An Affordable City

Seattle is undergoing a period of record growth and development. Our burgeoning high-tech and life-sciences sectors are creating thousands of well-paying jobs. But for the middle class, families, artists, students, and immigrants new to the country, our city is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Seattle is at risk of pricing out the very diversity it thrives upon.

My administration has already begun working to address this issue. We have passed legislation providing for an increase in the minimum wage in the City of Seattle to $15 an hour, phased in over time, beginning April 2015. The legislation won support from labor, business, and non-profit representatives. Together, we are increasing the income and purchasing power of low-wage workers while protecting small businesses, retaining jobs, and fostering economic development throughout the region.