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SeaTac wage dispute before state’s top court

OLYMPIA – The state’s first $15 minimum wage should extend to SeaTac International Airport because the higher wages don’t interfere with airport operations, attorneys for the city of SeaTac told the state Supreme Court on Thursday.  But an attorney for the airport argued the city has no authority to enforce the law approved at the ballot box by city residents because the airport is governed by a separate government entity, the Port of Seattle.  

City, airport fight over $15 minimum wage

OLYMPIA -- The state's first $15 minimum wage should extend to SeaTac Airport because the higher wages don't interfere with airport operations, attorneys for the City of Seatac told the state Supreme Court today.

Washington State Democratic Party approves platform in Spokane

The Washington State Democratic Party on Saturday approved an 18-point party platform that will help guide the party for the next two years. The party met for its biennial convention at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane.

Smart Bombs: The wages of politics

The minimum wage is back in the spotlight, with the Seattle City Council pegging it at $15 and phasing it in over several years. Before that, the issue flared and waned when President Barack Obama, in January, proposed a $10.10 minimum. Both proposals drew the predictable ripostes from critics: “Why $15? Why not $20? Why $10.10? Why not $20.20?” As if they’ve never seen policy infused with political marketing. Can’t recall Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan?

Minimum wage not on agenda in Spokane, Stuckart says

Don’t expect Spokane to follow Seattle’s lead on a $15-an-hour minimum wage. City Council President Ben Stuckart said Friday he has no plans to call for an increase, nor does he have any intention of pushing for one in the future.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The minimum wage was a hot issue in 1914 as well as today. Department stores already were discovering an easy way around a new state law establishing a $10 minimum wage ($10 a week, that is) for female store clerks.

Even at $15, minimum wage will allow few luxuries in cities

SEATTLE – A $15 minimum wage like the one adopted in Seattle doesn’t buy many luxuries in most American cities. Lattes, theater tickets and cable television will still be out of reach for most minimum-wage workers. But about $31,000 a year should be enough to pay the average rent for a shared one-bedroom apartment, plus utilities, health insurance, groceries and an inexpensive cellphone plan.

Eye on Boise: Rally decries veterans cemetery’s same-sex ban

“Add the Words” protesters returned to the Idaho state Capitol last week where roughly 180 were arrested during this year’s legislative session while pressing unsuccessfully for a hearing on legislation to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act and to ban discrimination on those grounds. This time, the peaceful protesters carried a personal message: That of Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who’s been denied her request to be buried with her same-sex spouse at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Seattle businesses launch $15 minimum wage group

As the drumbeat for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle grew louder last year following the election of a Socialist City Councilmember and a new mayor, the business community remained fairly quiet.

Inslee wants broad minimum-wage discussion

OLYMPIA – Conceding it is unlikely the Legislature will heed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he wants a public conversation about the need for the increase. “I can’t be optimistic it’s going to pass the state Senate this year,” he said during a telephone press conference from Washington, D.C., where he’s attending the National Governors Conference.

Minimum wage bills move forward in Legislature

OLYMPIA – The state’s minimum wage would go up for some workers and down for others under proposals moving through the Legislature this week. It would go up to $12 an hour by 2017 for all hourly workers under a proposal approved Wednesday by the Democratic-controlled House Labor and Work Force Development Committee. It would be at least $15 an hour for school employees under a separate proposal the committee passed.

Local reaction to Obama’s speech aligns with parties

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was predictably divided along party lines within the Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation. Democrats praised the president’s message and tone. Republicans were critical of it.