CHICAGO - On the Illinois ballot in November, voters will be asked if they favor Illinois raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour. Observers are now wondering if the amount on the ballot advisory should have been $15 per hour, the new high level for minimum wage workers.
In the city of SeaTac, Washington, where the minimum wage is now $15 an hour, one business is charging customers a “living wage” surcharge.
An airport parking service, Masterpark, “is charging customers an additional 99 cents per parking day,” reported Northwest Watchdog.
Near SeaTac, Seattle also is hiking its minimum wage. On Monday, the city council voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage over several years until it reaches $15 an hour. In an Associated Press interview afterward, City Council member Kshama Sawant, a self-described socialist, noted that “$15 in Seattle is just the beginning.”
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