Ed Murray pledges 'phased in' $15 minimum wage in Seattle

The Seattle TimesSeptember 25, 2013 

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, he’d target “fast-food brands and big-box retail” stores. Small businesses would be exempt.

Murray’s 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. It’s something we need to approach thoughtfully,” said Murray, now the Democratic leader of the state Senate.

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