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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: 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).