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Washington’s minimum wage leads the nation

When my kids got their first jobs, I was happy that we in Washington had voted for a decent minimum wage. I knew that they couldn’t be completely taken advantage of, and that they would be doing better in Washington

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Bills to cut Washington’s minimum wage get hearing in Olympia

In yesterday’s “Labor and Workforce Development Committee” Washington’s best-in-the-nation minimum wage was under attack yet again. The latest offensive came in the form of three bills, introduced by Rep. Cary Condotta, which would: reduce the minimum wage for tipped workers, lower automatic cost-of-living

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Washington’s minimum wage standard

Washington’s minimum wage standard

December 12, 2011

Washington is one of 10 states with a cost of living adjustment to its minimum wage, and one of 9 with a rate of $8.00 or more. Beginning in 2012, Washington will be the only state with a minimum wage above

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Marilyn Watkins: The minimum wage is not a living wage

Marilyn Watkins: The minimum wage is not a living wage

February 11, 2011

Good morning. I am Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. Thank you for allowing me to testify this morning. To  put the discussion in context, I’d like to share some data with you. These data illustrate three key points: Washington’s

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Marilyn Watkins: Training wage is bad policy

Marilyn Watkins: Training wage is bad policy

January 21, 2011

Good morning. I am Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. Thank you for allowing me to testify this morning against H.B. 1258 and the institution of a training wage below Washington’s minimum wage. Allowing a sub‐minimum wage during the

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Seven States Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day

Via the National Employment Law Project Raise will Help Thousands of Workers and Strengthen the Economy Washington, DC – On January 1st, the minimum wage increased in seven states, modestly boosting the incomes of approximately 647,000 minimum wage workers in

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First Class in Learning – First Class in Life

First Class in Learning – First Class in Life

January 6, 2010

High-quality early learning cannot be achieved or sustained when the bonds between teacher and child are broken because teachers leave their jobs to gain higher paid employment in order to support their own families. But a 2005 report by the Economic Policy

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Fact Sheet: Washington’s Minimum Wage, by County

Fact Sheet: Washington’s Minimum Wage, by County

December 3, 2008

Washington’s minimum wage will adjust to $8.55 per hour on January 1, 2009. A full-time employee earning the minimum wage in Washington will earn $17,784 per year – $1,000 more than in 2008 and $4,160 more than the federal minimum

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Federal Minimum Wage Bill Would Lower Wages in Washington

Federal Minimum Wage Bill Would Lower Wages in Washington

August 1, 2006

The federal minimum wage increase passed by the House of Representatives on  Saturday, July 29, 2006 will lower wages for many workers in Washington state. The bill  nullifies state minimum wage provisions for any workers earning $30 or more in

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Still Working Well: Washington’s Minimum Wage and the Beginnings of Economic Recovery

Still Working Well: Washington’s Minimum Wage and the Beginnings of Economic Recovery

January 21, 2004

In 1998, Washington voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to increase the minimum  wage and to make annual cost of living increases automatic beginning in 2001. While the  lowest wage earners in much of the rest of the nation have suffered

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