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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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January 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Rep. Larsen backs Democratic bill to raise federal minimum wage

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gained one more backer Tuesday with Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett. Larsen joined at least 155 other Democrats — including four members from Washington — who already signed on as co-sponsors of the measure, introduced last March by Rep….


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November 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure leads by 46 votes

By The Associated Press A ballot measure that seeks to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is leading by 46 votes. After Saturday’s ballot drop, Proposition 1 was passing with 2,936 “yes” votes compared to 2,890 “no” votes. On election night, it was leading by a 261-vote margin — a decent gap in a…


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November 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

SeaTac minimum wage measure pads lead

For the first time since election night, SeaTac’s minimum-wage proposal padded its lead Thursday. Proposition 1, which would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers, led by 53 votes in an afternoon vote update. That may not sound like much, but it’s more than the 19-vote lead the measure held Wednesday. There are now 2,837 votes supporting…


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November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Sawant’s ambush attempt fails when Seattle City Council members use second door

Take it from someone whose job includes ambushing politicians with uncomfortable questions: you must always watch for the second door.

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant failed to do that this afternoon, dooming her plan to ask current council members entering their regularly scheduled meeting to sign a pledge to  increase the minimum wage.

Sawant and several supporters were waiting, oversized pledge in hand, outside council chambers as the 2 p.m. meeting start time approached, arrived and ticked past.

“Somehow they found another way to go inside,” campaign director Philip Locker breathlessly announced two minutes after 2, adding, “they have a secret door!”

The group then hurried inside to speak during public testimony.


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Seattle City Council | Topics: ed murray, kshama sawant, mike mcginn

October 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

McGinn supports minimum wage above $15 an hour

The idea of a $15 minimum wage continues to build momentum in the Seattle area, with Mayor Mike McGinn saying he would support an effort to set the standard even higher.

In an interview with The Associated Press, McGinn said he thought $15 was a “fair starting point” for the minimum wage discussion. He cautioned that the issue was best handled legislatively and that the actual number would be determined by city council members.

“If the council proposed a higher number, I’d support that,” said McGinn, who is seeking re-election next month.

He added later: “I would expect that, if re-elected, we would put together a coalition to figure out how far we could go on the minimum wage.”

McGinn challenger Ed Murray recently announced that he would push for a $15 minimum wage but planned to proceed with a phased-in approach. Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, while San Francisco is the local jurisdiction with the highest hourly standard at $10.55.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and advocates have been pressing nationwide to push the number higher. In a small effort in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, union-backed advocates were successful in getting a ballot measure that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.


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August 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Inslee supports fast food strike, but won’t back $15 minimum wage

Gov. Jay Inslee voiced support for striking fast food workers Thursday with a tweet saying their actions “bring needed focus to hard working people struggling to share in Washington’s prosperity.” But Inslee’s office says he has no plans at this point to push for the central demand being made by the workers: a…


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August 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Big money flowing in SeaTac minimum wage fight

A proposal to raise the wages of workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has drawn national attention — and big cash is starting to follow. There are just 11,852 registered voters in the city of SeaTac eligible to vote Nov. 5 on an initiative setting a $15-hour minimum wage for thousands of airport,…


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