BALLOT QUESTION NO. 1: Should City Council be given the power to require city contractors to comply with wage and benefit standards?
This is the most controversial ballot question because it would give City Council more power to enforce wage and benefit standards for companies that have professional-service contracts with the city.
Contractors would be required to pay a "living wage" - meaning 150 percent of the minimum wage or $10.88 per hour. If someone worked for 40 hours a week for 52 weeks, their income would rise from $15,000 to $22,500. We have reservations about giving Council power over an area normally controlled by the mayor, but the benefit of increasing income for low-wage workers outweighs that concern.