Inslee part of D.C. meeting on minimum wage increase

Inslee part of D.C. meeting on minimum wage increase

Inslee part of D.C. meeting on minimum wage increase

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Governor Jay Inslee was part of a group that met with the President's administration in Washington D.C. Friday to discuss raising the minimum wage.

Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the meeting, which included Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling.  The governors of Connecticut, Maryland and Illinois also took part,

Vice President Biden stated Congress needs to take action to raise the wages of workers nationwide.

Later, President Barack Obama gave an address before meeting with the Democratic governors. He pointed to Inslee as part of a group of governors pushing to raise the minimum wage in their states.

During his state of the state address in January, Inslee called for a higher minimum wage in Washington. He proposed raising it to somewhere between $10.82 and $11.82 an hour. Washington state currently has a minimum wage of $9.32 an hour, the highest in the country.

Seattle officials are considering raising the city's minimum wage as high as $15 an hour.

Obama went on to say, "...increasingly, businesses recognize that raising wages for their employees is a smart business issue because they end up having lower turnover rates, higher productivity, higher morale, folks stay longer and are more focused on the job."

The meeting of the governors comes before the annual Governors' Reception at the White House.

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