Minimum Wage

In 1998, EOI worked with allies to pass Initiative 688. The Paycheck Protection Act passed in every county in the state, making Washington the first state to index minimum wage to inflation. For many years, Washington’s minimum wage was best-in-the-nation, but it remains far from a living wage, and now several states and cities have leap-frogged Washington. With income inequality undermining our whole economy, it’s time to give our state’s lowest wage workers a raise.

Research and Publications

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The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

Fact Sheet | June 30, 2015

Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families rece

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Testimony by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage)

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Testimony of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner before the Washington State House Commerce & Labo

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Latest Blog Posts

John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

Economic Opportunity Institute | June 4, 2015

It’s an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against

Photo: Jason Mrachina/Flickr Creative Commons
What good is the “Land of Opportunity” if you’re kept offshore?

EOI Intern | April 17, 2015

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of households face finan

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