The Mayor was featured on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co this morning discussing his move to raise Seattle’s minimum wage. Speaking with the show’s host, veteran journalist Chris Jansing, the Mayor emphasized his goal of creating a more affordable and economically diverse city.
“Seattle’s a very successful city. It’s economy is doing great and one of the byproducts of that is it’s becoming less and less affordable, so the people who work hard in Seattle can’t afford to live there. If we don’t address issues of wages and housing, it will simply become a city of the very rich and I don’t think that’s good for the business environment at all,” the Mayor said. “I think we can do this in a way that will help business, not hurt business. I think we need to be sensitive, particularly, to small businesses, but I do think we need to be a city that is economically diverse.”