When the Washington State minimum wage went up $1.45 on January 1st, it was the first in a series of hikes that will eventually get the state wage to $13.50, from $9.55, many predicted the effects would start to show.
The plan is supported by labor unions, and Thursday Oregon's controversial Governor, Kate Brown, signed off on the idea. Measure 97, as it's called, would levy the largest corporate tax increase in state history, on the state's biggest 1,000 companies.
The Washington State Senate Monday will hear testimony on a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage (already the highest in the nation) to $12-per-hour, in $.50 increments over the next five years.
On the heels of yet another raise to the nation's highest minimum wage rate, House Bill 2672 would set in motion a gradual increase of the wage offered entry-level and unskilled workers to $12 by the year 2017.