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Democrates in NJ write bill to increase minimum wage. Now its WA's turn.


by low bar
on 1/28/2013 @ 4:16pm
Should WA democrats get on this bandwagon? Would you like to see your minimum wage go up so maybe you can afford gas? Maybe you can afford to consume more and grow the local economy?

It's time for WA democrats to write a minimum wage increase bill and get it passed.

www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/ch...




by low bar on 1/29/2013 @ 9:55am
I guess WA raised by 15 ct. Should have been a bill for $1.50 increase on Jan 2013. But we'll fix that.


by Marty on 1/29/2013 @ 11:43am
Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998, requires L&I to make a cost-of-living adjustment to its minimum wage each year based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). This measures the average change in prices on a fixed group of goods and services such as food, shelter, medical care, transportation and other goods and services people purchase for day-to-day living. L&I recalculates the state's minimum wage in September, and it takes effect the following year on January 1. 

In 2012, Washington has the highest state minimum wage. The next highest is Oregon ($8.80).

Minimum wages for other states:www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/america.htm.

Here is the history of minimum wage in Washington:

www.lni.wa.gov/workplacerights/wages/minimum/history/default.asp

by low bar on 1/29/2013 @ 12:05pm
That's all good and dandy. But JUST paying for food, shelter, and what not, doesn't grow the economy as much or as fast as someone who has disposable income. That's the point I am trying to make with getting more money into the pockets of the working, wage class, so they can then put the money right back into the cash registers of the economy. Pretty simple concept no? 

In other words, a legislator can draft up a bill that includes this very basic idea, but then extrapolated into a very complex economic growth model for the bureaucracy to chew on and have no rational argument against. Thus the bill will pass in a reasonable government environment (which we don't have in congress thanks to to fat fucks like Gov Christie, oh the aptness of his physical being in regards to the financial gluttony he is trying to protect).