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Seattle Suburb Backs Higher Minimum Wage

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Seattle Suburb Backs Higher Minimum Wage

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Seattle Suburb Backs Higher Minimum Wage

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In the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, supporters of a ballot initiative implementing a $15 hourly minimum wage are declaring victory. The measure would benefit some 6,300 workers in the travel and hospitality industries around Seattle's main international airport.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A pay hike for thousands is at the top of NPR's business news.

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In the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, supporters of a ballot initiative implementing a $15 hourly minimum wage are declaring victory. The measure would benefit some 6,300 workers in the travel and hospitality industries around Seattle's main international airport.

INSKEEP: Small businesses would be exempt from the law, though Washington State still has the highest minimum wage in the country - at $9.19 an hour.

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