Minimum Wage

cashierFair pay for hard work is the cornerstone of a strong economy. Washingtonians who work in low-paying jobs should be able to receive a wage that allows them to make ends meet while also having the opportunity to get ahead.

The adoption of a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle in 2013 and 2014 respectively laid the groundwork for statewide efforts to raise the minimum wage. And in 2016, Washington state voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over a period of four years. This was a big win for all Washingtonians, and in particular for tens of thousands of people of color who disproportionately make lower wages because of historically racist policies. The law went into effect in 2017, and now we must ensure that it is fully implemented and protected in the years to come.

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Our Seattle Policy Summit

You can watch our Budget Matters 2017 Seattle Policy Summit, which took place on December 6, online. The first part of the day (watch here) featured Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Race Forward President Glenn Harris. The second part of the day (watch here) featured Budget & Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Tran, and a panel of local leaders moderated by Michael Brown of the Seattle Foundation. 

Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Testimonies in Olympia

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We'll be in Olympia throughout the 2018 legislative session to testify in support of bills that advance our legislative priorities. Stay tuned for links to the testimonies of our policy analysts (as featured on TVW).