OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase what is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation to $12 an hour over the next three years.
State Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle introduced the measure on Thursday. Washington state's minimum wage of $9.32 an hour is the highest in the nation, followed by Oregon's $9.10 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Under the measure, the rate would first increase, for those 18 and older, to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015. It would increase again to $11 a year later, and would hit $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. After that, further yearly increases would be adjusted for inflation as directed by a 1998 voter-approved initiative.