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Washington law on minimum wage looking like template for U.S. reformers

A 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

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UPDATE – (Smirking) House Democrats to offer ‘training wage’ for new lawmakers

Rep. Mike Sells

We’ll see if they actually file a bill. But four House Democrats apparently are going to introduce snarky legislation this week that hits back at Republicans trying to poke holes in Washington’s state minimum wage law, which at $9.19 per hour is the highest in the country.

Liberal advocacy group Fuse announced that Democratic Reps. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, Mike Sells of Everett, Sherri Appleton of Poulsbo and Timm Ormsby of Spokane will hold a press conference at noon

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