Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Council President Tim Burgess are wrapping up a study mission to Boston, New Jersey and Washington D.C., this week to learn first-hand about high-quality, publicly funded preschool programs. Both Boston and New Jersey have implemented preschool programs that produce significant short- and long-term benefits for participating children, according to independent evaluations, Burgess…More
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Corrected version A Seattle police officer — whose one-day suspension for threatening to harass a journalist was lifted last week by interim Police Chief Harry Bailey — has agreed to have a misconduct finding reinstated. Bailey unleashed a torrent of questions and controversy when he reduced the suspension to a referral for additional training, which removed the…More
Weather: Low 40s today, and dipping to mid-30s many places tonight. Still, some places could be cold enough for snow tonight and early Sunday. Check details on the National Weather Service forecast. Inslee thinks about raising state workers’ minimum wage: Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is considering raising the minimum…More
Even politicians can have an open, friendly wager. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock promised each other local goods and philanthropic gestures today, depending on which city’s team wins the Super Bowl. If the Broncos win Sunday, Murray will have to fork over a road bike from Rodriguez Bicycles, and some salmon and Dungeness crab. A blown…More
Editor’s note: Mayor Ed Murray, who today named Harry C. Bailey new interim chief of the Seattle Police Department, sent this letter to the department: To the Law Enforcement Officers of the Seattle Police Department, As I take on my duties as Mayor of our great city of Seattle, I want to take this moment to…More
Ford exec not coming to Microsoft: Finally ending any more of the long, long speculation that he might be Microsoft’s next CEO, former Boeing exec Alan Mulally say he’s NOT coming to Redmond. Speaking of Boeing … Times columnist Danny Westneat writes that Boeing’s success at removing pensions for future line workers puts state…More
The Associated Press Officials expect hundreds of people to pack the Seattle City Hall lobby this afternoon for the swearing-in ceremony for new officials, including gay Mayor Ed Murray and Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Other city council members and the city attorney also will be sworn-in. Sawant told KIRO her speech will note a historic change. Sawant won…More
Weather: Glistening, sunny, in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast Boeing: A divided Machinists union accepted Boeing’s contract proposal Friday by a slim 51 percent. The deal passed despite a full-throated Vote No campaign led by the union’s local leadership. As the result was announced inside the Seattle union hall filled with Machinists…More
Seattle mayoral inauguration: The ceremonial oaths of office for Mayor-elect Ed Murray and socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant are getting national media attention. Harvin back? Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin may be healthy enough to play in Seattle’s playoff game Jan. 11. Scary Ferrari ride: Olympia police chased a Ferrari at speeds up to 100 mph…More
Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray told a newly appointed committee made up of labor and business that it had four months to come up with a recommendation for raising Seattle’s minimum wage.
Murray skirted an actual dollar amount, referring to his campaign pledges to work toward a $15 minimum wage, but leaving open the possibility that it could be a phased-in approach or even exceed $15.
Murray said he was committed to legislation that did not hurt business or put people out of jobs, but improved the lives of working people. He said his policy team would analyze existing data about the effects of raising the minimum wage and what it costs to live in Seattle.
“We are not going to pass a slogan,” he said.More