“SeaTac Minimum Wage May Set National Tone,” wrote Mike Baker of the Associated Press on Tuesday. Well, maybe. Certainly its apparent victory—it’s at 53.2 percent yes, as I write, will set a tone in progressive Seattle: Those people have it; why can’t we?
Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant championed the minimum wage, and though it appears that she’s losing (latest count: she has 46.7 percent), she did surprisingly well. She vows to keep fighting for it.
As for setting a national tone, note that the vote total in SeaTac so far is 1,967 yes, 1,730 no: fewer than 3,700 people. As a sample of American opinion it’s pretty small. As a social experiment its application is also small, which is probably a good thing. People need to see how this works before they try it in a bigger place.