…out of a $4.4 BILLION (with a “b”) city budget. This according to a rather displeased Seattle Times. Those are the numbers that are causing “outrage” by the area’s fiscal conservatives as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pushes for a much-needed pay increase for low-wage city employees.
So lifting low-wage and seasonal workers up financially is a drop in the bucket for one of America’s most affluent cities. Seattle will literally spend almost as much improving the city government’s meet-up space as it will cost to pay a $15 per hour minimum wage.