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WA Lawmakers Consider Raising Minimum Wage to $12/hour

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The Washington state House is considering a measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next three years. The Washington state House is considering a measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next three years.

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington state House is considering a measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next three years.

Currently, Washington state already has the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.32 an hour. Oregon follows by $9.10 an hour.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle introduced the measure on Thursday.

Under the new measure, the rate would first increase for workers 18 and older, to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015. The wage 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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