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Tacoma Initiative #1 and 1B is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

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Tacoma Special Election Measures No. 1 and 1B: Raise the minimum wage

Tacoma Initiative #1 and 1B photo These competing ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Tacoma are tricky. We believe everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should have the opportunity to thrive. Although incomes at the very top have grown exponentially, working people have seen their pay stagnate while their costs rise. We enthusiastically support raising the minimum wage to boost our economy and help thousands of working people cover the basics.

Unfortunately, Tacoma voters face a choice between two flawed proposals to raise the city's minimum wage. Initiative Measure 1 would immediately raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour without a phase in that reflects the different economics of different types of businesses. This is a significantly more aggressive proposal than Seattle's minimum wage increase, which is phased in over time to protect the small, local businesses that we all wish to support. Tacoma’s $15 minimum wage, or Measure 1, offers a blunt solution to a complex and nuanced problem. In contrast, Measure 1B is an overly cautious phased in $12 proposal. This business-designed measure doesn't go far enough or fast enough to help workers provide for their family.

Question 1: Should either of these measures be enacted into law?
Despite the lack of good options, we recommend a "Yes" vote on Question 1 to demonstrate support for raising the minimum wage.

On Question 2: Which of these measures should be enacted into law?
We make no specific recommendation on Question 2. While Measure 1A is unlikely to pass, you could vote Yes on 1A to send a message that you believe in a strong minimum wage and you think that 1B is inadequate. Alternatively, you could leave it blank to send a message that you want a different option.

We hope that the Tacoma City Council can pass an improved version next year that goes farther than Measure 1B and includes more of a phase-in than Measure 1. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1366

No on Tim Eyman's I-1366

NO
Initiative-1366 from Tim Eyman orders the legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the voters next year requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote to close tax loopholes or raise revenue. If legislators refuse, Eyman’s initiative would create an $8 billion hole in our state budget over the next six years by cutting the sales tax by a full 1 percent.

The timing for I-1366 is very bad. Our state is being fined $100,000 a day for failing to fully fund education, yet Eyman’s initiative would make it nearly impossible to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes or fix our state’s upside down tax system. Not surprisingly, Initiative 1366’s largest donors are big developers and Wall Street interests who have given Eyman hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect their special tax loopholes.

Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year and it was broadly criticized. The Spokane Spokesman-Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea. Others called this initiative “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.

We oppose I-1366 because it would prevent us from fixing our state’s upside down tax system or fully funding our kids’ schools. Join this broad coalition listed below and vote NO on I-1366.

Campaign Information

Initiative #1401

Vote Yes on Saving Animals from Extinction

YES
Initiative 1401 seeks to help save endangered animals from extinction by making the selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing of animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. From African Elephants to the Javan Tiger, animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Passing Initiative 1401 means that our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Help save animals facing extinction: vote YES on Initiative 1401.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Other: Humane Voters of Washington, Conservation Northwest, Audubon Washington

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #10

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 10

MAINTAINED
Legislators voted nearly unanimously for new oil train safety regulations, including directing some oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. Senate Bill 1449 passed the legislature 141 to 1 with 5 excused. Thanks to a Tim Eyman initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #11

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 11

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that the marijuana excise tax should also apply to medical marijuana sales. There are a number of progressives who disagree with this tax, but unfortunately, the time to lobby against it was during the 2014 legislative session. Senate Bill 5052 passed the legislature 101 to 44 with 2 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Even if 100 percent of voters rejected this advisory measure, it would remain a tax, as Eyman's advisory votes are purely intended to push an anti-tax message. Vote to "maintain" this measure, and push back against Eyman's anti-tax message.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #12

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 12

MAINTAINED
A broad majority of legislators voted for a comprehensive transportation bill to improve state and local roads, transit, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways. The package was funded with a small increase in the gas tax. Senate Bill 5987 passed the legislature 91 to 51 with 5 excused. While we were not thrilled with some aspects of the final transportation package, we still recommend a non-binding vote to "maintain" this measure. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to “maintain” this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #13

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 13

MAINTAINED
A large majority of legislators voted to close $150 million in unnecessary tax loopholes in order to generate revenue for education funding. This legislation, Senate Bill 6138, passed the legislature 95 to 48 with 4 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this important measure.

Port of Tacoma

Port Commissioner, Position #3

No Good Choices Don Johnson

Don Johnson photo
There are no good choices in this race.

Conservative Don Johnson is running against another conservative, Bruce Cook, who is not running a competitive campaign. If you are interested in running for this office in the future, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority Washington.

Port Commissioner, Position #5

Clare Petrich

Clare Petrich photo
Claire Petrich has been representing residents on the Port of Tacoma Commission since 1995 and has served as its president since 2014. Petrich is a small business owner who is active in the community, from her work on the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development to her involvement in Tacoma's youth and business maritime community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Longshoreman

Judicial Races

The Progressive Voters Guide may skip recommendations for unopposed judicial races.

State Supreme Court

Tacoma Special Election Measures No. 1 and 1B: Raise the minimum wage

YES
These competing ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Tacoma are tricky. We believe everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should have the opportunity to thrive. Although incomes at the very top have grown exponentially, working people have seen their pay stagnate while their costs rise. We enthusiastically support raising the minimum wage to boost our economy and help thousands of working people cover the basics.

Unfortunately, Tacoma voters face a choice between two flawed proposals to raise the city's minimum wage. Initiative Measure 1 would immediately raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour without a phase in that reflects the different economics of different types of businesses. This is a significantly more aggressive proposal than Seattle's minimum wage increase, which is phased in over time to protect the small, local businesses that we all wish to support. Tacoma’s $15 minimum wage, or Measure 1, offers a blunt solution to a complex and nuanced problem. In contrast, Measure 1B is an overly cautious phased in $12 proposal. This business-designed measure doesn't go far enough or fast enough to help workers provide for their family.

Question 1: Should either of these measures be enacted into law?
Despite the lack of good options, we recommend a "Yes" vote on Question 1 to demonstrate support for raising the minimum wage.

On Question 2: Which of these measures should be enacted into law?
We make no specific recommendation on Question 2. While Measure 1A is unlikely to pass, you could vote Yes on 1A to send a message that you believe in a strong minimum wage and you think that 1B is inadequate. Alternatively, you could leave it blank to send a message that you want a different option.

We hope that the Tacoma City Council can pass an improved version next year that goes farther than Measure 1B and includes more of a phase-in than Measure 1.