Living wage rally in Seattle at City Hall, April 2014. Credit Jason Collette. Living wage rally in Seattle at City Hall, April 2014. Credit Jason Collette.

On the day after Republicans in US Senate blocked a modest $10.10 minimum wage increase, small businesses in Seattle stand up for $15.


CONTACT: Joshua Welter, (206) 383-1857,

Seattle, WA – On the day after Republicans in the US Senate blocked a modest minimum wage increase to $10.10, Seattle small business owners with the Main Street Alliance proclaimed their support for a city level $15 minimum wage.

“It is smart and responsible to raise the minimum wage, boost our local economy, and support small business success at the same time,” said Joe Fugere, owner of Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, who served on the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee.  “Main Street Alliance brought a strong small business voice to the process that sought common ground because we know our economy is built from the bottom up, not the top down.  We recognize that our local economy is stronger when low and middle class families have greater economic security and more money to spend, and it’s good to provide small businesses time to reap the benefits of increasing consumer demand while transitioning to a $15 wage.”

“You know something’s wrong in Congress when Republicans insist on blocking a modest increase in the minimum wage,” said Molly Moon Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.  “Look what we’re doing in Seattle – leading the nation with a $15 minimum wage that will boost the local economy and help small businesses thrive.  The economics are simple.  I sell more ice cream when working families have more money in their pockets to spend.”

“I don't just have 48 employees, I have 48 families that are depending on me as a small business owner,” said Consuelo Gomez, owner of Marty K.  “Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do.”


The Main Street Alliance is a network of state and locally based small business coalitions. The Main Street Alliance and its state affiliates create opportunities for small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies.