THIS NOVEMBER, WASHINGTON VOTERS WILL DECIDE IF THEY
WANT TO SEE AN INCREASE IN THE STATE'S MINIMUM WAGE.
INITIATIVE 1433 WOULD RAISE WASHINGTON'S MINIMUM WAGE
INCREMENTALLY TO 13-50 BY 2020.
IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PAID SICK
KXLY4'S DREW REEVES IS WORKING 4 YOU.
WITH WHAT LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE WAGE
WALK INTO CAFE AFFOGATO.
AND YOU WON'T FIND YOURSELF ORDERING ANY ORDINARY
CUP OF COFFEE.
THE BUSINESS PRIDES ITSELF ON OFFERING AN AUTHENTIC
ITALIAN COFFEE YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE.
OWNER SHAHROKH NIKFAR SHARR-OH NICK-FAR ALSO PRIDES
HIMSELF ON PROVIDING QUALITY BENEFITS TO HIS EMPLOYEES.
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Shahrokh Nikfar/Owner, Cafe Affogato
Restaurant business usually suffers from a higher
rate of turnover, I don't.
My employees have mostly been here from the beginning.
NIKFAR PAYS HIS EMPLOYEES ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE.
AND OFFERS PAID SICK LEAVE.
HE SAYS IT'S WHY HE'S SO SUCCESSFUL.
AND WHY HE SUPPORTS INITIATIVE 1433.
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It just makes complete sense.
THE INTIATIVE PHASES IN AN INCREASED MINIMUM WAGE.
WHICH NIKFAR SAYS CAN ONLY HELP HIS BUSINESS.
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That gives them enough discretionary income to not
only be able to meet their basic needs, but also,
maybe once a week come get a latte where they couldn't
have done that before.
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While the owner of Cafe Affogato helping his business,
other small business owners don't see it that way.
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ROSA WIESS IS ALSO A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN SPOKANE.
BUT SEES I-1433 AS DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
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Rosa Wiess/Owner, Clear Choice Tax Services
People that are just barely scraping by are probably
going to end up going out of business.
WIESS SAYS THE INITIATIVE HAS GOOD INTENTIONS.
BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, IT JUST DOESN'T
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We'll of course have to put out the added income for
the wages plus all the extra taxes that go with it.
So, really what we're putting out exceeds what the
person is gaining.
WIESS SAYS THE INITIATIVE COULD LEAD TO UNWANTED LAYOFFS
AND AN INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF GOODS.
BUT NIKFAR SAYS HE'S RUN SOME NUMBERS OF HIS OWN.
AND THAT'S NOT TRUE.
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I'm not going to have to raise prices much.
If I do, like on a latte that's 4 dollars, I might
have to increase it by a dime if my market doesn't
NIKFAR DOES ADMIT IT WOULD TAKE THE MARKET SEVERAL
MONTHS TO CATCH UP TO THE WAGE INCREASE.
BUT ONCE IT DOES HE BELIEVES BUSINESSES WILL THRIVE.
DREW REEVES, KXLY 4 NEWS.