EDITORIAL | Spokesman-Review: I-1433 ignores most of the state

October 22, 2016 The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review Editorial Board Under Initiative 1433, the minimum wage in Metaline Falls, in depressed Pend Oreille County, will be higher than Portland’s by 2020. Proponents wish to take the state’s relatively high minimum wage and boost it even more, from Sammamish to St. John to Sunnyside. … Seattle is home to a soaring economy, so … Read More

Op-Ed | Jack Walsh: Wage idea shortchanges young workers

OPINION OCTOBER 15, 2016 THE KITSAP SUN JACK WALSH I’m sure we can all recall our first job. It may not have been glamorous, but it helped us obtain the single most important requirement for our next job: experience. When my family opened our ice cream shop five years ago, one of our primary objectives was to help teenagers prepare … Read More

Column | Sue Lani Madsen: November initiatives expose system’s flaws

OPINION OCTOBER 14, 2016 THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW SUE LANI MADSEN … Oversimplification: I-1433, minimum wage and benefit requirements. One size does not fit all in a state as diverse as Washington. The current minimum wage meets or exceeds the living wage requirements for a single adult in every county in the 5th Congressional District, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. … Read More

EDITORIAL | The Yakima Herald-Republic: ‘INITIATIVE 1433: NO’

October 12, 2016 The Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board INITIATIVE 1433: NO … If approved, the state minimum wage, now one of the highest in the nation at $9.47 an hour, would see phased-in increases starting at $11 an hour next year and rising to $13.50 an hour in 2020. Another provision, which could run afoul of the state’s single-subject law, would require … Read More

EDITORIAL | The Columbian: In Our View: ‘No’ on Initiative 1433

October 4, 2016 The Columbian Editorial Board 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 … Read More

OP-ED | Don Brunell: $15 Minimum Wage? Cumulative Costs Drive Employer Decisions

OPINION September 22, 2016 The Lewis County Chronicle Don Brunell The $15 minimum wage is an example of elected officials with tunnel vision passing sweeping legislation while ignoring the cumulative impacts of all of the other government mandates on employers. … Seattle’s ordinance took effect on April 1, 2015.  It directs businesses with fewer than 500 employees to pay the … Read More

EDITORIAL | The (Longview) Daily News: No on I-1433 — Minimum Wage

EDITORIAL September 15, 2016 The (Longview) Daily News Editorial Board As we’ve written on the opinion pages in the past, the Washington State initiative process has been hijacked and misused quite often. This year is no different, with initiatives from special interest groups littering the ballot. We found all the initiatives this year to be so bad none of them … Read More