For the first time since election night, SeaTac’s minimum-wage proposal padded its lead Thursday.
Proposition 1, which would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers, led by 53 votes in an afternoon vote update.
That may not sound like much, but it’s more than the 19-vote lead the measure held Wednesday.
There are now 2,837 votes supporting the measure (50.47 percent) and 2,784 against it (49.53 percent).
On Thursday, the proposal won 62 percent of the 142 counted votes.
Both sides say a recount is all but certain, although it would have to be financed by one of the campaigns.
The new wage would affect roughly 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also guarantees annual inflation adjustments, paid sick leave and tip protection.