Category Archives: Minimum Wage

Public policy news and commentary on Washington’s minimum wage.

Why this McDonald’s won’t move 20 feet into lower-wage Idaho – and other minimum wage myths, debunked

When he tore down his old McDonald’s, Tim Skubitz built a fancier one in the same place instead of in the state right across the street with the lower minimum wage. Why? Continue reading

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Ballot measure to improve harmful working conditions at Sea-Tac Airport going to voters

A ballot measure to improve substandard working conditions at Sea-Tac Airport is taking off, thanks to solid research and savvy organizing by local workers and their allies. If passed by voters, the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative would ensure a living … Continue reading

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PolitiFact rates National Restaurant Association statements on minimum wage: “False”

It’s clear the National Restaurant Association is opposed to the minimum wage in principle. But would they go so far as to mislead the U.S. Senate about the effect of minimum wage policies? You decide: Melvin “Mel” Sickler, a representative of … Continue reading

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Washington’s minimum wage falls far short of a living wage

Despite have the best minimum wage in the county at $9.19/hour in 2013, Washington’s minimum wage still falls short of what many people need to meet basic needs. A recent report from the Alliance for a Just Society titled The … Continue reading

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Raising federal minimum wage to $10.10 would give Washington residents $387 million more to spend in local economy

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute finds raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour would help reverse the ongoing erosion of wages that has contributed significantly to growing income inequality. It would also provide a modest stimulus to … Continue reading

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Labor and business leaders tout San Jose’s $10 minimum wage as selling point for quality

A $2/hour minimum wage bump is just the beginning, as local labor and business leaders team up to promote a unique “Earn ‘n’ Spend in San Jose” campaign. San Jose is expected to gain an additional $70 million a year … Continue reading

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Exploded: Mainstream myths about the minimum wage

It’s no surprise that President Obama continues to make missteps on economic policy — such as returning again and again to the “Grand Bargain”, more apt to result in a “Grand Take-Away”. It’s no surprise because of the people he … Continue reading

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