I’ve got a new piece in Seattle Weekly on implementation of Seattle’s new minimum wage.
When Seattle’s minimum wage jumped to $11 per hour last week, bypassing the state minimum of $9.47 and giving the city its first taste of what a higher wage floor looks like in action, neither did the sky fall nor the earth tremble. Likewise, angels did not descend to sing the praises of a mandatory living wage.
In the words of local restaurant tycoon Dave Meinert—who sat on the city committee that ultimately hashed out the labyrinthine deal, of which the new $11 minimum wage is the first step—the raise was “ultimately not that huge of a change . . . Just some accounting changes, really,” he added.
Read the rest here.
You can also check out an older one that covers Seattle city councilor Sally Clark’s announcement that she’ll be retiring at the end of
next this week.