Tacoma votes to raise minimum wage to $12

Voters in Tacoma have decided to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12. Pitted against an immediate $15-an-hour measure, city voters overwhelmingly chose the $12 figure, to be phased in over two years — the more modest of the two proposals.

Before choosing between $15 and $12, voters were asked whether minimum-wage workers should get a raise at all — and that question passed by a 58.7 percent to 41.3 percent margin.

The state minimum wage is $9.47. The first step toward the new Tacoma figure will be $10.35, starting Feb. 1.

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