Measure would bump Washington’s minimum wage to $12/hr

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:00 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years has been introduced in the state House.
 
Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle introduced the measure on Thursday. At $9.32 an hour, Washington state already has the highest minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon's $9.10 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
 
Under the measure, the rate would first increase, for those 18 and older, to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015. It would increase again to $11 a year later, and would hit $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017.  After that, further yearly increases would be adjusted for inflation as directed by a 1998 voter-approved initiative.

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