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January 29, 2015 at 5:08 PM

$12 minimum-wage bill advances after fiery debate

OLYMPIA — A bill to boost the state minimum wage to $12-an-hour over four years passed out of a House committee Thursday, but not before an opposed GOP lawmaker ripped minimum-wage activists as entitled in a “kids-these-days” diatribe. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, the ranking Republican on the House Labor Committee, argued low-wage workers need to…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Matt Manweller, Rep. Mike Sells

January 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Drones, guns, minimum wage, ag-gag: things Republicans said today

OLYMPIA — Now that we’re into the second week of the legislative session, lawmakers are digging into various issues. GOP members of the House and Senate held forth on a bunch of issues Tuesday at a media availability. 1. On bills that would raise the minimum wage (SB 5285, HB 1355), Republican Deputy Leader Sen. Jon…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: agriculture, drones, guns

January 15, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Bills to raise minimum wage, require paid sick days introduced in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Washington already has the highest minimum wage of any state in the country, but a packed hearing room at the Capitol was filled with supporters of a new minimum-wage bill saying it’s just not high enough. “Income inequality is as  bad as it has been since my grandmother was a small girl in 1929,”…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, paid sick leave, Washington Legislature

December 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Minimum-wage increase in the spotlight — now for the whole state

Calls for increasing the minimum wage spread Thursday beyond Seattle and SeaTac, as demonstrators rallied across the Puget Sound region and sat in on a legislative hearing at the Capitol. Demonstrators gathered at restaurants in Aberdeen, Bellevue and Kent, and were later scheduled to rally at two events in Olympia. Sage Wilson, spokesman for Working Washington, which…

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November 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Minimum-wage rally planned for Thursday in Olympia

The group Working Washington, which has been advocating for a higher minimum wage, is planning to bring its message to the state Capitol. But unlike the demonstrators who gathered for recent state Supreme Court hearings on education funding and sex-trafficking, the rally will come after a lower-key event: a State House Labor & Workforce Development committee More

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November 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Seattle city employees may be put on $15-an-hour fast track

Months after passing a historic minimum-wage law, the Seattle City Council is  again considering action on the issue. It may add nearly $2 million to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget to boost the pay of all city employees to at least $15 an hour immediately, rather than on the same timeline as private-sector workers. Councilmember Kshama…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: $15 an hour minimum wage, minimum wage, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

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…

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February 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Murray, DelBene unfazed by predicted job losses from minimum-wage boost

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene were unfazed by a new Congressional Budget Office report predicting job losses if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour. The nonpartisan CBO estimated Tuesday the boost in the minimum wage would raise the wages of 16.5 million workers and lift 900,000 out of poverty….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Sen. Patty Murray

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