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

Respect all work – and grow the economy, too: raise the minimum wage

Marilyn Watkins | October 3, 2014

Thirty plus years of trickledown economics hasn’t worked. We need to return to policies that grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.

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What wage do Washingtonians need to earn to meet basic costs?

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 7, 2014

There’s a lot of talk about the minimum wage these days. But how much do Washingtonians ac

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