Minimum Wage

Seattle has become the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The City Council voted Monday to enact the new law, which was the result of months of negotiations.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.

Proponents say it’s a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor. Some businesses say they will go to court to fight it. KUOW’s Deborah Wang reports.

Elected officials in Seattle heard an earful Tuesday night about a proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. Dozens of people testified before a Seattle City Council public hearing.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

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

 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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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.

Oregon Minimum Wage Rises To $9.10 Per Hour

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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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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. 

The border between the states of Washington and Idaho is like a petri dish for what the minimum wage does to the economy. That’s where two extremes meet. Idaho has the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. While Washington’s? It’s nearly $2 more -- the highest in the nation.

You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.

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Oregon's voter approved effort to link the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index was the topic of debate at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.

Oregon’s Labor Commissioner has been invited to testify before a congressional committee Thursday in support of raising the federal minimum wage. Oregon’s model could work for the rest of the nation.

Oregon's minimum wage will go up 15 cents in January to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian made the announcement Monday in Springfield.

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