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Seattle judge refuses to delay part of minimum wage law
Seattle judge refuses to delay part of minimum wage law (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Judge Refuses to Block Part of Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Law

If you own a McDonalds, Burger King, KFC or any other franchise inside the Seattle city limits, your wallet just took a hit.

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Philip Lange
Philip Lange
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What Are Your Feelings About Minimum Wage? [SURVEY]

The Washington Legislature is close to passing a minimum wage increase. It would go up to $10 an hour in 2016 and rise to $12 in phases over 4 years. The idea is to give every person who works hard and does a good job a living wage. I'm not sure I agree, but I feel self-conscious talking about it. I'll share my thoughts if you share yours.

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San Francisco hit hard by $15 minimum wage
San Francisco hit hard by $15 minimum wage (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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What Will $15 Minimum Wage Do to Businesses? See What’s Happening in San Francisco

We've already seen the first  fallout from Seattle's new $15 minimum wage, the major relocation by a well-known Northwest outdoor manufacturer. WA officials should heed the warnings from California.

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Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno
Noted outdoor gear maker moving workers to Reno (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Claims First Business Victim – More Expected to Follow

It was inevitable, especially if you consider economic principles. There are more who will follow.

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State House fronts bill that would raise minimum wage over two years
State House fronts bill that would raise minimum wage over two years (Washington state legislative website)
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Democrats Push Bill to Raise State Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour by 2017

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.

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Fast Food Workers Strike, Protest Low Wages
Fast Food Workers Strike, Protest Low Wages (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Fast Food Workers Strike Thursday – Dozens Arrested in Various Cities

It's part of the ongoing effort to either unionize fast-food workers,  or at least get a $15 minimum wage put in place.

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$15 wage already affecting Seattle businesses
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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Already Killing Jobs – Even Before it Begins

Seattle business leaders - even some who supported idea - are now "terrified" of $15-per-hour minimum wage.  And there's an even scarier proposal that could move implementation way forward.

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The entitlement strikers
The entitlement strikers (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Hey Fast Food Workers! Lots of MORE Difficult Jobs Pay less than $15-per-Hour!

Thursday,  there's going to be a fast-food workers rally at Highway 395 and Kennewick Ave, where these people will be demanding $15-an-hour for their jobs.

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Fast Food Workers Organize Nat'l Walkout Over Low Wages
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$15 Minimum Wage- Will it Hurt, Help, or Have No Effect on Economy?

Seattle has made it official.  They're jumping off the economic diving board and going to find out if the controversial $15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage works...or not.

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Minimum wage killing teen - under skilled jobs
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Even More Evidence Raising Minimum Wage Kills Teen, Unskilled Employment

For many experts and economists, dealing with politicians has become like beating their head against a rock.   Here comes yet another credible study showing raising the minimum wage doesn't do any good, and in fact, hurts the people it was designed to help.

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