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posted by n1 on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:18AM   Printer-friendly
from the will-code-for-gold dept.

The NYT reports that in a unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council went where no big-city lawmakers have gone before, raising the local minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum, and pushing Seattle to the forefront of urban efforts to address income inequality. "Even before the Great Recession a lot of us have started to have doubt and concern about the basic economic promise that underpins economic life in the United States," says Council Member Sally J. Clark. "Today Seattle answers that challenge." High-tech, fast-growing Seattle, population 634,535, is home to Amazon.com, Zillow, and Starbucks. It also has more than 100,000 workers whose incomes are insufficient to support their families, according to city figures and around 14% of Seattle's population lives below the poverty level. Some business owners have questioned the proposal saying that the city's booming economy is creating an illusion of permanence. "We're living in this bubble of Amazon, but that's not going to go on," says businessman Tom Douglas. "There's going to be some terrific price inflation."

 
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  • (Score: 1) by compro01 on Thursday June 05 2014, @02:32PM

    by compro01 (2515) on Thursday June 05 2014, @02:32PM (#51692)

    If you are a single person with an annual income of less than 133% of the federal poverty line (currently $15521.10 a year), then you are eligible for Medicaid, and do not pay the penalty.

    Only if you live in a state that accepted the medicaid expansion, which is only about half of them.

  • (Score: 2) by Sir Garlon on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:06PM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:06PM (#51724)

    Only if you live in a state that accepted the medicaid expansion, which is only about half of them.

    And somehow that is Obama's fault, I'm sure.

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    • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Thursday June 05 2014, @09:26PM

      by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Thursday June 05 2014, @09:26PM (#51917) Homepage Journal

      And somehow that is Obama's fault, I'm sure.

      Maybe, maybe not, but it is the way it is... and Obama is commander in chief.

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      • (Score: 2) by monster on Friday June 06 2014, @10:07AM

        by monster (1260) on Friday June 06 2014, @10:07AM (#52146) Journal

        Commander in chief != Emperor

        The POTUS has indeed some margin to do stuff, but drafting most legislation is the sole jurisdiction of Congress and Senate, Obama just has the option to veto it (and even his veto can be overturned).

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:08PM (#51727)

    So don't live in one of the stupid states. I thought that was the whole point of America, you can move freely between the states and they are supposed to be competing with each other.

    • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Friday June 06 2014, @12:57AM

      by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Friday June 06 2014, @12:57AM (#51994) Homepage Journal

      I thought that was the whole point of America, you can move freely between the states and they are supposed to be competing with each other.

      I don't think you grasp the concept of the United States of America. We leave each other alone unless they try to gank our bank. But we do rifle the barrels and machine the bolts.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 06 2014, @02:55AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 06 2014, @02:55AM (#52034)

        Yea, exactally. Your a states rights kinda country who dont want the feds messin' with ya stuff. And if your state does something stupid compared to other states, just move to a sensible state. Eventually when the better ideas get the kinks worked out the feds can implement the best solution for the country. You know, competition of ideas.

        If your state/city goes bankrupt or everyone dies because they have no healthcare the other states/cities benefit from the sensible people realising what's happening and leaving for greener pastures. Stupid people of course will hold those bibles and guns closer and get angry when all the other cities/states leave them behind.