OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years has been introduced in the state House.
Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle introduced the measure on Thursday. At $9.32 an hour, Washington state already has the highest minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon's $9.10 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Under the measure, the rate would first increase, for those 18 and older, to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015. It would increase again to $11 a year later, and would hit $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. After that, further yearly increases would be adjusted for inflation as directed by a 1998 voter-approved initiative.
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