Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage
5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp says the minimum wage hike wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.
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Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike. But he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year. The Democrat made his comments Friday in a rare meeting with the capitol press corps.

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Minimum Wage
5:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider an executive order to raise the minimum wage.
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President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level. The Democrat made his comments Friday after a meeting with the President at the White House where minimum wage was discussed.

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Minimum Wage
7:37 am
Mon February 17, 2014

No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage

This year, minimum wage measures have been introduced or are in play in some thirty state capitols across the nation.
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We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage. President Obama talked about it in his State of the Union address last month. Sea Tac voters approved a fifteen-dollar-an-hour base wage last fall. And there’s a push now to adopt the same in Seattle. Even in Idaho, there’s a minimum wage campaign afoot. It turns out this is no accident.

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Minimum Wage
4:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage

File photo of the House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

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Minimum Wage
6:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Minimum Wage Fight May Heat Up In Olympia

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The battle over Washington’s minimum wage could soon heat up at the Capitol. House Democrats may roll out a proposal as early as this week to increase the state’s base wage. It’s currently the highest in the nation at $9.32 an hour. But our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins says don’t expect the measure to pass this year.

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Inslee Speech Highlights
4:33 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Washington Governor Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Teacher COLAs

Members of the Washington legislature and guests in the gallery stand for the Washington State Patrol Honor Guard prior to Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State address.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:30 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

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Minimum Wage
4:44 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Inslee Says Time For Statewide Minimum Wage Discussion

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:02 am

 Washington Governor Jay Inslee says it’s time for a discussion on raising the state’s minimum wage - already the nation's highest.

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Minimum Wage
4:32 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Demonstrators Seeking $15 Minimum Wage March From SeaTac To Seattle

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About a hundred demonstrators marched from SeaTac to the city of Seattle Thursday. They’re hoping that the city of Seattle passes a law to create a $15 an hour minimum wage.

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Oregon Minimum Wage
4:46 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oregon Minimum Wage Rises To $9.10 Per Hour

Minimum wage in Oregon raises to $9.10 an hour next year.
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Oregon's minimum wage will be more than nine dollars an hour next year. The 15 cent increase was announced Tuesday.

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Minimum Wage
4:34 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Group Spearheading $15 Min Wage Initiative In Sea-Tac Turns In More Signatures

Washington's current minimum wage is already among the highest in the nation at $9.19 an hour.
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A judge’s decision to invalidate signatures on an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of Sea-Tac is being appealed. 

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