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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Marilyn Watkins: Lowering wages for working teens is the wrong approach

Testimony | January 30, 2014

Given before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on SB 6471 Good afternoon. I am Maril

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Support local governments’ right to enact basic workplace standards

Testimony | January 29, 2014

Good afternoon. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute and the Washingt

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Latest Blog Posts

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WA voters support paid sick days standard, minimum wage increase — what’s standing in the way?

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 28, 2015

Few issues before Washington legislators in 2015 can match the overwhelming level of publi

Minimum wage increases: The justice of redistribution

John Burbank | January 16, 2015

As we enter 2015, three million low-wage workers in 21 states will gain a small increase i

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