A Stateline.org news report this morning suggests that the Washington’s approach to setting the minimum wage – now the nation’s highest at $9.19 an hour – is a model for other states going forward. The report by Pamela Prah says 10 states are looking at increases and some are using an index tied to inflation that would keep the minimum rising over time.
That is exactly what Washington voters approved in 1998 by approving an initiative sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council. As Prah wrote:
“Indexing is certainly the trend in the states,” says Jen Kern, the minimum