WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

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| October 12, 2017

Did you know that more of the lowest-wage workers are over age 55 than under 20? Or that 417,000 people in Washington work at or near Washington’s minimum wage (earning less than $12/hour)? Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016, increased Washington’s minimum wage to $11.00 per hour on January

UW minimum wage study: disconcerting, distorted and biased

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John Burbank | July 10, 2017

This past month, researchers at the Evans School of Public Policy at the University to Washington released a study funded by the Arnold Foundation[1] of the minimum wage increases in the city of Seattle.[2]  They asserted that the minimum wage increases resulted in losses of hourly work and total income for w

The Fight Over The Fight For $15 In Seattle

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| June 30, 2017 | Huffington Post

A tale of two studies: poor research leads to poor findings on minimum wage

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Marilyn Watkins | June 26, 2017

Seattle’s economy is booming: construction everywhere, crowded streets and transit, housing costs soaring, bustling neighborhood restaurants, and a 2.6% unemployment rate. Much of this growth is driven by high wage-tech jobs and the spillover effect of all those workers eating out, shopping, and paying premiu

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

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