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Long Beach Experience Illustrates the Predictable Effect of a Super-High Minimum Wage

October 17, 2013 in Blog

An article in The Seattle Times this week explains the real world effects of what happens when employers are forced to pay a super-high minimum wage.

Is the Governor Listening to the Aerospace Industry?

October 16, 2013 in Blog

At the Governor’s Aerospace Summit earlier this month, Governor Inslee outlined how he plans to entice Boeing to keep building planes in Washington. 

Extending a series of tax breaks and expediting permitting for the aerospace giant are the centerpiece of his strategy.

A high minimum wage won't always work in workers' favor

October 15, 2013 in Publications

The debate over raising the minimum wage is everywhere right now. Voters in the City of SeaTac will decide in November whether to increase the minimum wage for workers in that city’s hospitality and transportation industries to $15 per hour, fast food workers around the country are striking for higher pay, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is demanding Whole Foods pay workers in that city more than the company’s current average wage of $16.15 per hour.

Has the Nation's Highest Minimum Wage Reduced Poverty?

October 1, 2013 in Blog

The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced the state’s minimum wage, already the highest in the nation, will increase in 2014 from the current $9.19 to $9.32 per hour. 

Summary of Proposition 1, to enact mandated worker benefits in SeaTac

October 1, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

Citizens' Guide to Proposition 1: to enact mandated worker benefits in SeaTac

October 1, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

Study Endorsing SeaTac’s Proposition 1 Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

September 26, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday proponents of Proposition 1, the SeaTac ballot measure to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage, paid sick leave and other labor mandates on some SeaTac businesses, released a study declaring passage of the initiative would inject $54 million in increased household spending throughout the region and create 400 new jobs. 

The study also says employers will be able to easily absorb the increases in the cost of doing business by raising prices on consumers and local governments will benefit by receiving more revenue from the increase in earnings and spending.

Coalition requests performance audit of I-937

September 17, 2013 in Blog

A coalition of lawmakers and business groups sent State Auditor Troy Kelley a letter yesterday requesting a performance audit of I-937 (Energy Independence Act).

From the letter:

Dear State Auditor Troy Kelley,

Dick’s Drive-In: The Best Argument Against A Government Mandated High Minimum Wage

September 16, 2013 in Blog

There is a great editorial in today’s Seattle Times on increasing the minimum wage.   Iconic Seattle-based business Dick’s Drive-In is featured as the best argument against a government mandated increase of our state’s already-high minimum wage.