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March 24, 2014 at 6:23 AM

How a higher minimum wage would affect nonprofit supported-living providers

In a Sunday guest column, Sylvia Fuerstenberg wrote about how a higher minimum wage would affect a nonprofit like hers, which provides care for people and families with developmental disabilities. Fuerstenberg is the executive director of The Arc of King County. Her nonprofit receives funding from the state to provide a specific number of care hours, so she would not be able to reduce service levels to pay higher wages.

The spreadsheet below shows how much more public funding supported-living agencies in Seattle and King County would need if the minimum wage rises.

New minimum wage Seattle providers King County providers
$11 $913,000 $2,898,000
$12 $2,739,000 $8,694,000
$13 $4,565,000 $14,490,000
$14 $6,390,000 $20,286,000
$15 $8,216,000 $26,082,000

Fuerstenberg based these estimates on the number of hours the agencies now provide in Seattle and King County per year: 1.7 million in Seattle and 5.4 million in King County.

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