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Resolution: Let’s choose to respect all workers

Happy New Year! Often we take the first day of the year to look back to what happened, or didn’t, in the previous year. That doesn’t make a road map for the future. So why don’t we imagine looking back

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Two out of three Americans want U.S. to catch up to Washington state on minimum wage

At $9.19 per hour, Washington state has the best minimum wage in the nation – and far better than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Our state minimum wage is tied to inflation, increasing a little bit nearly every year.

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It pays for states to raise bar on minimum wage

On New Year’s Day, our states accomplished something that Congress has achieved only erratically over the past 40 years: raising the minimum wage. By now, minimum wage increases have become a routine practice in our home states, thanks to a key policy reform known as indexing, which establishes automatic annual adjustments to the minimum wage to keep pace with the rising cost of living each year. Washington led the nation in adopting indexing in 1998, and Oregon followed suit in 2002. In each state, the adoption of indexing resulted from ballot initiatives that passed with roughly two-thirds of public support.

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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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What do seniors buy? A simple question that can improve Social Security

The big news of last week for those receiving Social Security benefits was the announcement of a 1.7% benefit increase for 2013, thanks to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) linked to inflation. These COLAs began in 1975, when Congress tied annual

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What’s behind Washington’s 2013 minimum wage increase

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) just announced a 15-cent bump to Washington’s 2013 minimum wage – to $9.19 per hour, or just over $19,000 for a full-time worker. The reason for the increase? A 1998 voter-approved initiative

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Washington’s 2013 minimum wage paces inflation, but doesn’t meet basic expenses for most

For nearly 300,000 people working at or near Washington’s minimum wage, the 15-cent cost-of-living adjustment (to $9.19 per hour) scheduled for January 1st, 2013 will help their paychecks keep up with the cost of living – but it’s far short

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What does it take to make it in Washington state?

Via Sightline: What does it take to live in Washington state? To pay for the bare necessities like rent, childcare, groceries, clothing, shoes, transport to work, telephone service, cleaning products and household items? (That’s without the additional costs of any

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Four months of training to pick apples? HB 1258’s disguised minimum wage cut would hurt economy

In late 2010, the Restaurant Association, Farm Bureau and a handful of other corporate interest groups sought to block a scheduled minimum wage cost-of-living adjustment for 2011. Their challenge to Washington’s voter-approved law was denied — but that hasn’t stopped

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Minimum wage law buoys pay for all of us

From the Everett Herald: Minimum wage workers will see a small boost in their paychecks this week. That’s because the people overwhelmingly approved an initiative back in 1998 to increase the minimum wage and then index it to inflation. The

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