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Governor on Right Track With Call for Minimum Wage Increase, More School Funding

Posted by bens at Jan 14, 2014 09:30 PM |
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Our Executive Director Remy Trupin released the following  statement on Governor Inslee’s State of the State address:  

"Governor Inslee provided a bold vision for a stronger economy by  highlighting the need for a higher minimum wage and additional funding for education by closing wasteful tax breaks. 

Boosting  the minimum wage is a crucial step in  what should be a broad  strategy to reduce income inequality, increase economic opportunity, and rebuild the middle class. Fair pay for hard work is the cornerstone of a strong economy.  For too long, wages and income for Washington state’s workers have stagnated while companies have earned record profits and the stock market has reached record highs.  Even with the highest state minimum wage in the country, a full-time worker supporting a family of three on the minimum wage would be living in poverty.  

Governor Inslee also deserves credit for calling to end wasteful tax breaks and using the money to fund education. The recent order from the State Supreme Court told us what we already know – we must do better when it comes to providing high-quality education to all of our kids.

We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to make this plan a reality."

 
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