Minimum wage increase qualifies for Tacoma ballot

The issue could be on the November ballot

Inside the Council chamber, supporters make a racket in favor of increasing the minimum wage in the city to $15 for Seattle employers on Monday, June 2, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle, Wash. Phased in over the next seven years, Seattle will have the highest minimum wage in America. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)
Inside the Council chamber, supporters make a racket in favor of increasing the minimum wage in the city to $15 for Seattle employers on Monday, June 2, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle, Wash. Phased in over the next seven years, Seattle will have the highest minimum wage in America. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A citizen’s initiative to raise Tacoma’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has qualified for the November ballot.

The News Tribune newspaper reports (http://is.gd/aOygpL ) the Pierce County auditor’s staff has verified that petitions submitted by the 15 Now group contained 3,231 valid signatures of registered Tacoma voters. Another 2,304 signatures were declared invalid for a variety of reasons.

The requirement is 3,160 valid signatures to get a citizen initiative on the ballot.

Under the city charter, the City Council can approve Proposition 1 as written or forward it to voters. The council cannot modify the proposal.

The Tacoma City Council has convened a task force to develop an alternative measure that could also appear on the ballot.

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