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

February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Inslee considers raising minimum wage for state workers

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is reviewing the possibility of raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors.

Inslee spoke outside the White House with a group of Democratic governors after a morning meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. His statement was the first time Inslee had indicated a possible plan to exercise his executive authority to boost workers’ pay.

Inslee last month publicly called for raising the state minimum wage for all workers, from the current $9.32 an hour to as much as $2.50 an hour more.

Inslee said he was waiting for an economic analysis of the impact of raising the minimum wage for state workers before taking action. Inslee said he could exercise executive authority to raise the minimum wage, bypassing the Legislature.

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