Findings from a new study from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs show that roughly 102,000, or 24%, of Seattle workers make less than $15. If you include folks who makes $15 - $18 an hour (and are likely to see their rates increase as the lifting tide raises all boats), the number jumps to 136,000 or nearly a third of all workers in Seattle.
That’s a lot of people whose lives would ostensibly improve with higher income. And a lot of new money to circulate around in the economy.
Data limitations make it difficult to directly say that low minimum wages contribute to poverty, but what is clear is that they they don’t contribute to prosperity.
And prosperity for everyone, young people, women, and people of all ethnicities and levels of educational attainment should be something we can all get behind.
Let’s do this thing.