I had forgotten it was 10 years ago that Washington voters approved the initiative that raised the minimum raise and pegged annual increases to inflation.
Washington’s minimum wage to increase to $8.55 Jan. 1
TUMWATER – Washington’s minimum wage will increase 48 cents to $8.55 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2009, an increase required by a voter initiative that passed 10 years ago.
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recalculates the state’s minimum wage each year in September as required by Initiative 688, which was approved by Washington voters in 1998. The law requires that the state minimum wage be adjusted each year according to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) during the 12 months ending each Aug. 31.