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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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

Testimony | February 1, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and

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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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Latest Blog Posts

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Thursday May 19th: Celebrate paid sick and safe leave in Tacoma!

Economic Opportunity Institute | May 11, 2016

More than 30 cities and states have paid sick days, including Tacoma. It’s time to celebra

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Initiative 1433: Democracy in action for more equitable wages and benefits

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 20, 2016

What is the value of work? Is it what you get paid? Economists trained to embrace the priv

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