Extra Fizz: Heavy Metro Cuts Looming, Signature Gatherers on $15 Measure Not Getting $15
Extra Fizz: Raising the minimum wage and cutting bus service.
1. A worker for the campaign pushing for a $15 minimum wage for preschool and other early child-care workers, if the city council doesn't pass a universal $15 minimum, contacted Fizz to point out that the campaign iteself, backed the Service Employees International Union 925 and the American Federation of Teachers, wasn't paying $15 itself.
Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the Yes for Early Success campaign, confirms that most of its workers (75 percent, according to Weiner) are making just $13 an hour, rather than the $15 an hour the campaign advocates.
However, Weiner says, "We're paying more than what most early educators are making now. We hope everyone will be making at least $15/hr in Seattle by 2018."
And she notes that the measure the group is supporting, Initiative 107, would raise wages to $15 an hour gradually, starting with a hike from $9.32 to $11 next year, and that "teachers and teaching assistants [respectively] make on average $13.93 and $11.35 in King County."
2. Text of the Day:
That droll text just in from a Proposition 1 supporter in response to today's meeting of the King County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee, which got an update from Metro manager Victor Obeso and County Budget Director Dwight Dively about Metro's finances.
Specifically, Obeso and Dively laid out on what kind of cuts Metro would have to make without the Vehicle License Fee and the .1 percent sales tax increase that's on the ballot right now. The adjusment, due to slightly increased tax revenues at the County? Cutting 550,000 service hours as opposed to 600,000 hours.
"While our original proposal was to eliminate 74 routes," Obeso said, "the revised proposal would eliminate 72 routes."
Overall, the new proposal would eliminate 72 routes and 84 others—hence our texter's reference to 156 routes being cut, as opposed to the original 181 routes that would have been eliminated or reduced.
King County Council Member Rod Dembowski summarized: "Instead of a category five hurricane, we've got a category four-and-a-half hurricane."
Watch the presentation here (start at the four minute mark.)