Minimum Wage

In 1998 Washington had the lowest minimum wage on the West Coast – nationwide, only 15 states had a lower minimum wage. EOI worked with allies to pass Initiative 688, the Paycheck Protection Act, the only initiative to win in every county in the state. EOI is now focused on protecting and promoting Washington’s best-in-the-nation minimum wage because no one working full-time should live in poverty.

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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Revolving door slams on minimum wage hike

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 7, 2014

Spring is in the air. That means cherry blossom season in Washington. It also means fly-in

Reconciling Anecdote and Data in the Minimum Wage Debate

Marilyn Watkins | March 28, 2014

Last Monday, several of us headed out after work to celebrate with our intern who had just

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