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January 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Wednesday Memo: Seawall costs rise … Pot predictions … Minimum wage rises

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Weather: National Weather Service forecast

Seawall price going up:  Seattle transportation officials say the estimated costs associated with replacing the seawall project have grown from $300 million to about $330 million over the past year. The rising costs were known to some officials last summer, but are only now being widely disclosed.

Predicting the local economy:  Local economic growth will probably outpace the nation’s in 2014, but it may be a bit slower than in 2013, says economist Dick Conway. Read more of his and others’ projections.

Predicting the year in pot: We asked experts in this state and elsewhere to predict the year ahead for pot. Business failures, inadequate supply at first, falling prices, and a few big unknowns loom here and elsewhere, experts tell us.

How will you spend those 13 extra cents? Washington’s already highest-in-the-nation minimum wage rises to $9.32 an hour today. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

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