Bill would raise minimum wage statewide to $12 an hour

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, introduced a bill Thursday that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour over three years.

The bill would increase the minimum wage from the current $9.32 an hour to $10 in 2015, $11 in 2016, and finally to $12 in 2017. After that, the wage would again be tied to the consumer price index.


State Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, at podium in Olympia, announcing her bill to raise minimum wage to $12 an hour. (KCPQ-TV/Seattle)

“We know our economy is stronger when an honest day’s work is rewarded with a fair wage,” Farrell said. “During the recovery, top earners have done quite well, the stock market has seen record highs, and corporate profits have never been better. This bill rewards work, moves the economy forward, and promotes fundamental economic fairness.”

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, called for an increase in the statewide minimum wage during his State of the State Address.

Inslee issued a statement in response to Farrell’s bill: “The rising tide of productivity and prosperity isn’t raising all boats. Too many hard-working men and women in Washington are falling further behind, impacting not just the prospects for those workers and their families but the prosperity of our state as well.

“That’s why I called on legislators to join me in this conversation and I want to thank the House majority for putting forth a common sense plan for providing a fair wage for more Washingtonians.  My staff and I will carefully review the bill as we continue to talk with stakeholders and members about the best path forward to ensuring more Washingtonians share in our state’s prosperity.”

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  • MarkMarkarian

    Are State Rep. Jessyn Farrell, the 30 House Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee fools or puppet masters?

    If they really believe as Rep. Farrell says that 'This bill rewards work, moves the economy forward, and promotes fundamental economic fairness.” they're fools.

    All this bill does is create a temporary illusion that will quickly dissipate as the increase in wages drives inflation in the prices of goods and services, leaving all who depend on the minimum wage with the same buying power tomorrow as they had yesterday.

    If, on the other hand, they know their premise is false, and we know they know it’s false, then they're puppet masters, pulling on the strings of ignorance and trading the Kool-Aid of minimum wage for the votes that will rob their constituents of Liberty.

    • Jambu Shambu

      For Democrats this is a good thing. More people on welfare = more permanent Democrat voters. The worst fear for Democrats is people working and not dependent on government.

  • TPL

    Complete economic illiteracy. All it will do is increase unemployment, raise prices, and hurt the most vulnerable (the young, people trying to develop work skills and experience).

    But who cares, it is good politics, right?

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