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

New Study: High Minimum Wage in Seattle Caused No Employment Losses

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 6, 2018

This Labor Day marked a year of little or no wage gains for most U.S. workers. But for low

Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in Januar

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