Johnson Doesn’t Think Minimum Wage Hike Will Pass Senate

A veteran Washington legislator does not think an increase in the state’s minimum wage will come out of Olympia during this session.  Republican 14th District Representative Norm Johnson doesn’t believe a proposed increase to $12 an hour could get out of the Senate.  Johnson points out Washington already has the highest minimum wage in the country, and he isn’t sure you can ask business for much more.  Fellow 14th District Representative Gina McCabe is on the committee that heard testimony on the minimum wage bill.  She pointed out some business owners in SeaTac, where the minimum wage was increased to $15 an hour, testified they had to lay off some workers when it occurred to keep their labor costs manageable.

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