volume xxiii no. 23 - august 3 2015

Push to Raise Minimum Wage Picking Up Momentum | 07-31-2015

Frustrated by a lack of success on the federal level, advocates for raising the minimum wage have in recent years instead focused their energies on states and specific cities around the nation. Those efforts have proven far more fruitful: while the federal...

Bird’s Eye View

Majority of States Have Minimum Wages Higher Than Federal Rate | 07-31-2015

Twenty-nine states have laws setting minimum wage rates above the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Washington’s rate, at $9.47, is the highest. Fourteen states have minimum wages that are the same as the federal rate. Only Georgia and Wyoming...

Governors

Inslee To Impose Cap On WA Carbon Emissions | 07-31-2015

With lawmakers in both parties reluctant to endorse his proposed carbon cap-and-trade plan during the recently-ended legislative session, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) last week ordered the state Department of Ecology to instead develop a statewide cap...

Once Around the Statehouse Lightly