Governor Inslee considering raising minimum wage for state workers

insleeWASHINGTON – Governor Jay Inslee is considering raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors, the Seattle Times reported.  Govenor Inslee spoke outside the White House in Washington DC on Friday, after he and a dozen Democratic governors met with President Obama and Vice-President Biden.  The Times said that the Governor believes that he could implement the order to raise the miminum wage through executive order.

In January, Governor Inslee called for raising the statewide minimum wage of $9.32 and hour by as much as $2.50 an hour.  Inslee recently ordered the state Office of Financial Management to analyze the potential fiscal impact of higher wages on the state’s $6.2 billion annual payroll, the Times reported.  The Governor did not say how much an actual bump to the minimum wage he would request.

A bill pending the in state Legislature would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour over three years, although it seems unlikely that the legislation will move this session, the paper said.

Inslee said low wages have been a “drag” on Washington’s economy despite the presence of Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon and other highflying employers.  “It should be self evident that if you work 40 hours a week, you should be able to feed your family and not be on public assistance” Inslee said.

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5 comments

  • The World is Ending

    The governor is a dictator wait ultra liberal democrat (same thing) same as the ultra conservative both sides are the same. The difference is the governor is so anti business and pro super high taxes , just turn your pay check over and write pay to the state of WA and then business can be taxed at 100% then he can just evenly divide it up (but him and his "friends" campaign supports would get a bunch more) that can't even get most of his own party to go along with him so he will try and force his will on everyone.

  • Guest

    I'll give it to democrats. They know how to change the subject. Whenever they find themselves in hot water, they distract by cuing in Santa clause. Gifts for everyone!


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