November 2, 2015
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Too High for Some Jobs

"I could understand it if our cooks would get paid that much, but I really shouldn't." ~ Hannah Tillman, a night-shift bartender at Billy B's in Tacoma. A native of New York, where tipped employees get a lower minimum wage, she has worked at Billy B's for two and a half years. Even on a slow night, her tips come in at roughly double her hourly pay, she told The News Tribune. On Tuesday, Tacoma voters will decide whether to approve a minimum wage, and must select either a $12 or $15 minimum wage in the event an increase is approved.

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Two-Part Question

Tacoma's Two-Part Minimum Wage Ballot Is Confusing -- Here's an Explainer

Tacoma voters have an important choice, but the ballot is a little confusing. You'll first answer whether you think the city should increase the minimum wage, then a second question whether the wage should rise to $12 or immediately to $15 if a majority of voters want it to increase.

Here's the important part.

Answer the second question no matter what! It does not mean you're voting for a minimum wage increase.

If you don't pick an option on the second half of the measure, it's like picking the option you don't want.

Click here to watch the full video on the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber's YouTube channel
Millennium Bulk Terminals

Timelines are important

By The Daily News editorial board

When it comes to big projects, timelines are important. Last week we learned the timeline for the Millennium Bulk Terminals' draft environmental impact statement was being pushed back. ...

Why are the goalposts being moved? Because it's a coal project?

Whether you support the Millennium coal project or oppose it, you should be upset with how the State of Washington has treated the timeline for this project.

Cowlitz County needs jobs and the Department of Ecology's poor performance isn't helping.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Daily News
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