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Washington Restaurant Group Now Pushing for Wage Increase

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SEATTLE (AP) - Days after voters in another Washington city approved a substantial minimum wage increase, the Washington Restaurant Association is now pushing for a statewide minimum wage increase.
    
The hospitality association says a statewide hike in the minimum wage is a better approach than a checkerboard of local wage laws.
    
Voters in Tacoma decided this week to raise the city's minimum wage to $12. The Seattle City Council decided to move toward a $15 minimum wage in 2014, following the city of SeaTac. The state minimum wage is $9.47.
    
While the Washington Restaurant Association has opposed city wage increases, it announced Thursday it would support a statewide exploration of the idea of a higher minimum wage.
    
The group's president and CEO, Anthony Anton, says he has support from political leaders for a new statewide discussion on this issue.

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