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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

August 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Inslee supports fast food strike, but won’t back $15 minimum wage

InsleeGov. Jay Inslee voiced support for striking fast food workers Thursday with a tweet saying their actions “bring needed focus to hard working people struggling to share in Washington’s prosperity.”

But Inslee’s office says he has no plans at this point to push for the central demand being made by the workers: a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

“I don’t think he’s ready to support something around a specific dollar amount,” said spokeswoman Jaime Smith. “He is voicing support for bringing attention to the issue. The conversation about what a living wage is is one worth having.”

Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the country at $9.19 an hour. The wage is automatically adjusted annually to keep up with inflation, thanks to an initiative overwhelmingly approved by voters in 1998.

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