Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray is vowing to push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage if elected, but says the effort would proceed cautiously.
During a news conference at his Capitol Hill campaign headquarters, Murray said the $15 wage should be phased in starting with ensuring city employees and contractors are paid at least that amount. Next, Murray said, hed target fast-food brands and big-box retail stores. Small businesses would be exempt.
Murrays proposal leaves plenty of details to be worked out later, including the timeline and size of businesses that would be affected.
This is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Its something we need to approach thoughtfully, said Murray, now the Democratic leader of the state Senate.