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Mounting evidence shows minimum wage increase actually boosts jobs

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John Burbank | March 22, 2017

Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, 2016. That’s a 16 percent raise. I

Rather than being a job killer, a minimum wage boost increases them

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| John Burbank | March 22, 2017 | Everett Herald

Reject SB 5541: Equal work deserves equal pay — regardless of gender, race, or age

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Marilyn Watkins | February 9, 2017

Legislators should reject Senate Bill 5541, which proposes lowering the minimum wage for teens in Washington state. Teenagers work for all sorts of reasons, including to pay for college, to support themselves, and to support their families. A recent Urban Institute study of youth who left high school and went

GOP legislators attempt to undercut WA voters on minimum wage law

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Economic Opportunity Institute | January 31, 2017

In November, Washington voters approved Initiative 1433 to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour ($13.50 by 2020) and allow all workers to earn some paid sick and safe leave. Republican legislators and business groups opposed I-1433. They argued that it would hurt businesses, teenagers, nonprofits, rur

Boost of minimum wage can make economy great again

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John Burbank | December 28, 2016

Eighteen years ago the people of our state became public pioneers by passing into law the first minimum wage initiative that, like Social Security, included an automatic COLA – a cost-of-living adjustment. With this law, we made sure that the minimum wage kept up with inflation. People across the country thou

Boost of minimum wage can make economy great again

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| John Burbank | December 28, 2016 | Everett Herald

Washington joins growing list of states with paid sick and safe leave for all — and a better minimum wage!

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Marilyn Watkins | November 9, 2016

Washington has joined the growing number of states to adopt paid sick and safe leave for all workers with approval of Initiative 1433. Starting in January 2018, everyone working in Washington will be assured at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. An estimated one million workers in the

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Economic Opportunity Institute | November 3, 2016

Have you had your ballot on the kitchen counter — for almost two weeks now — and still not opened it up to vote? Or maybe you forgot where you put it? Or maybe you recycled it, and now don’t know where to get your ballot to vote. Or maybe you just want to wait until the last minute to vote. I hope that is the

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

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Economic Opportunity Institute | October 26, 2016

LONG BEACH, Wash. – Jobs are coming back and incomes are improving across Washington state, but families still are struggling to pay for the basics, according to a new report. The analysis Time for a Raise: Statewide Growth and Washington’s Minimum Wage found many of the jobs in the Evergreen State’s growing

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

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| October 26, 2016 | Public News Service

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