In a massive year-end cave in to the big labor bosses who invested millions to elect him in 2012, Jay Inslee told reporters last week that we need a “conversation” on raising the minimum wage.
A “conversation” is Inslee’s way of partially paying back his debt to state labor leaders, by lending his megaphone to the debate about raising the minimum wage to $15.
The fact that Washingtonian state already has the nation’s highest minimum wage, of $9.32 effective Jan. 1, is lost on Inslee. So, evidently, also is the economic consequence of pricing Washington labor costs our of the market.
What probably won’t be lost on Inslee will be the need to exempt labor unions from a change in the minimum wage, just as the labor unions wrote into the recently-passed initiative that raised the wage to $15 in the city of SeaTac.
The last thing Inslee would want to have is a “conversation” about special favors that labor bosses demand for the type of support they gave him.
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