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Seattle Announces Plan For $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In Nation

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The long lead time reflects a compromise:

As PBS NewsHour has reported in an ongoing series, some Seattle business owners have opposed the wage hike, saying they would be forced to cut hours for workers, raise prices on consumers or both. The plan announced by Murray would give small businesses in particular several years before having to cover the full cost of the increase.

As Congress has stalled on the federal minimum wage, cities and states around the country have moved to raise their own wage floors with large public support. Washington and its municipalities have been particularly aggressive. Washington currently has the highest state minimum wage in the nation at $9.32 per hour, and the city of SeaTac, a Seattle suburb that includes Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, recently passed a $15 minimum wage that applies to airport service workers.

Time to move to Seattle ;)

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