Cities That Raise the Minimum Wage May Have to Pay Their Workers More

By J.B. Wogan, Governing

As a candidate for Seattle mayor last fall, Ed Murray campaigned on a pledge to lift his city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, which could make Seattle the first major U.S. city to have a wage floor that high. But Murray quickly encountered a problem that may serve as a lesson to other government leaders who chastise the private sector for paying low wages: Seattle city government would see an increase of $690,000 in labor costs if it met the standard Murray proposed.

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