Small Seattle Businesses UnhappyOn May 15, 2015 Latest updates
Small businesses in Seattle are unhappy with the recent minimum wage hike. They fear it could bankrupt their businesses.
Throughout the process, small businesses, and restaurants in particular, argued that the 60-percent wage hike could bankrupt their businesses.
David Meinert, a nightclub and restaurant owner who was on the mayor’s minimum-wage committee, said many of the city’s businesses felt bullied by the process but were forced to support the agreement because of what he calls “political blackmail.”
“I am disappointed the way the process worked, and I am disappointed in the other side personally attacking people,” he said. “I felt like there are a lot of people on the left that should have been working together and instead it got super negative and that’s a bummer.”