Washington voters know how to take care of their own

Commentary | October 19, 2005 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

One of the best ways to eradicate poverty is to increase the minimum wage, that is, pay people a little more. That's the conclusion that Washington voters arrived at seven years ago, when they overwhelmingly passed the minimum wage initiative by a 2-to-1 margin. For the first time in our country, the minimum wage was tied to inflation. So on Jan. 1, when the minimum wage will be $7.63 an hour, Washington citizens can take pride in the fact that we have the best minimum wage in the country.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Minimum Wage