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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Time for a Raise

Issue Brief | October 20, 2016

Seattle’s job boom may be making headlines, but new data show the economy is growing acros

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Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Report | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great R

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Latest Blog Posts

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Mounting evidence shows minimum wage increase actually boosts jobs

John Burbank | March 22, 2017

Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage

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

Marilyn Watkins | February 9, 2017

Legislators should reject Senate Bill 5541, which proposes lowering the minimum wage for t

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