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November 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM
$15 minimum wage, here we come
“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.