Seattle Announces Plan For $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In Nation



The mayor of Seattle announced Thursday that he’d developed a plan for a $15 minimum wage that had wide backing from the city’s lawmakers, labor leaders and business community.

The proposal unveiled by Mayor Ed Murray would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 over the course of three to seven years, making it the highest city wage floor in the nation. The speed of the hike for individual employers would depend upon how many workers they have and the value of the non-wage benefits they offer.


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2 comments on “Seattle Announces Plan For $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In Nation

  1. How high is the inflation/cost of living that 15 dollars is the livable wage? That’s crazy high!

    • Yea man, that’s super high. I’m thinkin about packing up and moving there!

      But I looked up the Seattle’s county living wage (King County) and it was about $18. So that might explain it.

      In perspective, Kern County’s living wage is 11.50; L.A. County is $20 dollars and Alameda County (Bay Area) is $24! And California minimum wage is $8/hr. So actually, Seattle might still be a little better.

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