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February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Saturday Memo: Snow ahead? … Murray backs police chief … Rice tweets apparent goodbye

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…


0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Ed Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee, Huskies basketball

February 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Campaign targets Seattle fast-food restaurants

The Associated Press The campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle is targeting 25 fast-food burger restaurants Thursday with what it calls “boycott McPoverty.” A spokesman for the campaign, Sage Wilson of Working Washington, says several dozen demonstrators marched outside a popular McDonald’s restaurant Thursday morning. He says even the customers going inside for…


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January 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Wednesday Memo: Beast’s Least Mode … Bertha digs … Boeing profit

The Beast on media day: Times columnist Larry Stone says the Hawks’ Marshawn Lynch was in “Least Mode” yesterday and played the media game by his rules. Lo and behold: Tunnel machine creeps ahead two feet. Churn baby, churn. Makes you wonder what the Machinists think about this: Demand for planes boosts Boeing…


0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Marshawn Lynch, minimum wage, tunnel machine

January 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Mayor Murray wants $15 an hour minimum wage for city workers

The Associated Press Seattle’s new mayor, Ed Murray, has announced plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for  city employees. Murray spokesman Jeffrey Reading said the mayor plans to sign the executive order later Friday. A preliminary budget analysis shows the move would cost Seattle an additional $690,000 in payroll and benefit costs. Reading says…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: $15, Mayor Ed Murray, minimum wage

January 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

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

Happy New Year! 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…


0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: $330 million, $9.32, economy

December 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Ed Murray wants minimum-wage plan in four months

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.


0 Comments | Topics: $15, Ed Murray, Kshama Sawant

December 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sawant pledges $15 minimum wage in 2014

City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant said today that she would work to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage bill in Seattle in 2014, but said she wasn’t ready to release details of a plan. She said Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s campaign promise to get to a $15 minimum wage by the end of his term wasn’t a…


0 Comments | Topics: $15, Ed Murray, Kshama Sawant

September 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Appeals court says SeaTac voters can decide on $15 minimum wage

SeaTac voters will get the chance to decide whether the city should increase its minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 per hour, after a state appeals court today reversed a judge’s ruling from August that disqualified signatures needed to place the measure on November’s ballot. Today’s order, issued by a three-judge panel of the Washington Court…


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August 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Seattle-area fast-food workers march for higher pay

About 100 demonstrators gathered at Westlake Center in Seattle this morning on a day they hoped would see fast-food workers walking off their jobs and demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Today’s protests are part of a national effort and were under way in cities across the country including New York,…


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