Seattle’s ultra-liberal city council decided that being in the state with the highest minimum wage wasn’t anti-business enough – so a special committee took the next step towards blowing by the state’s current $9.32 minimum wage to implement a $15 per hour wage law inside the city limits.
But even that step wasn’t enough for Socialist gadfly Kshama Sawant, who argued that the law would leave minimum wage workers in “poverty” waiting for the 11 years it would take for all Seattle businesses to get to the same minimum wage level – of $18.13 an hour.
Evidently in Sawant’s world, all workers are destined to stay at the minimum wage level for at least a decade – and only government intervention can save them from the evil capitalists who pay their wages.
Now it’s on to a final vote on Monday, when council members Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen will be back in town. Already labor is agitating for more anti-business changes to the $15 minimum wage bill.