Without a doubt, the Washington city of Seattle is one of the most progressive cities in the country. Located in a state that just passed one of the country’s only two recreational marijuana laws, one would assume that the denizens of most bergs in the state would lean left, if not outright call themselves liberals or progressives.
Washington State currently has the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.19 an hour, and it would appear that at least they they are well on their way to an increase that will easily surpass the $10 an hour mark, thanks to a campaign to push the minimum wage to $15 an hour within the city limits. The program is supported not just by the city council, but by all the city’s mayoral candidates as well.
Current council member Nick Licata — a progressive to be sure — backs the move to increase the minimum wage, but says that effort will have to take a back seat in the short term while the city works to improve the lives of low-wage workers by focusing on affordable housing and wage theft first. Kshama Sawant is an economist running for Seattle’s city council using the minimum wage increase as a central driving point of her campaign.
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