October 4, 2016
Robust minimum wage important concern, but ballot measure goes too far
While being well-intentioned and possessing some strong selling points, Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage in Washington would be a big leap forward when more incremental steps are necessary. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a “no” vote on the statewide ballot measure. …
… Washington’s proposed minimum-wage increase is a leap too far. …
It also is notable that Washington has a veritable petri dish for examining the effect of a minimum-wage increase. Seattle has approved an incremental increase toward $15 an hour, starting with a bump to $11 an hour last year. A long-term study of that increase will provide solid information rather than the rhetoric that is pervasive on both sides of the issue.
… There is a need for a robust minimum wage to support working families, but in our opinion Initiative 1433 goes too far.