SeaTac – Common Sense SeaTac, the committee of SeaTac citizens and businesses opposing the initiative apparently approved today for the November ballot in SeaTac, says the union-backed initiative will create far more harm than good for the residents of the city of SeaTac.

Speaking for the committee, co-chairs Mike West and Scott Ostrander said they are ready to tell voters the truth about SeaTac Proposition 1. “Prop 1 is a misguided missile aimed right at SeaTac’s taxpayers, young people, and small businesses, and Common Sense SeaTac is going to make sure every voter understands that,” they said.

Mike West, Valley View Sewer District commissioner, longtime SeaTac resident, and retired owner of Southtowne Auto Rebuild, and co-chair of Common Sense SeaTac said,
“As a retired SeaTac small business owner, I can tell you this initiative will really hurt the little guy. Raising the minimum wage 63% will hurt our young people just starting out, because the jobs will all go to more experienced workers.
“And this really drastic difference between the wages some businesses in SeaTac pay will hurt small business owners as they compete for workers. I want SeaTac voters to understand how unfair Prop 1 is.”

Scott Ostrander, General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac and co-chair of Common Sense SeaTac, said,
“Prop 1 will make SeaTac less affordable. This is more than a huge pay raise for a few residents, it’s a complex raft of union-imposed rules on private businesses that will put a big burden on the City to pay to administer, audit, and enforce. SeaTac residents and businesses will pay, either in higher taxes, fewer services, or both.”

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