Minimum wage: Residents of SeaTac, Wash., will vote on hiking the minimum wage in November. At issue is whether a higher minimum wage would dim job prospects for young and unskilled workers.
Should the minimum wage go up to $15 an hour? That’s the question that’s suddenly in play in the Seattle area.
Residents of SeaTac, the city that's home to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, will have a ballot vote on that idea this November. And others in the region, from venture capitalist Nick Hanauer to Seattle politicians, are backing wider moves to boost bottom-rung pay.
If $15 sounds high, it's because it is more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The debate in Seattle is being waged against a backdrop of national anxiety about jobs and incomes. Earnings for middle-income families, adjusted for inflation, are about where they were in 1989, according to tracking by the Census Bureau.