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The push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle was just a campaign slogan last fall. But now it's on a fast track. Mayor Ed Murray has said that he will propose a minimum wage increase this spring.

But many of the people who would be affected are just starting to assess the costs and benefits.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about restoring the Seattle Police Department's reputation, new cracks in the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the latest progress on the minimum wage debate.

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Small business owners voice concerns on a proposed $15 minimum wage, and the state issues its first marijuana business license to a grower from Spokane. Seattle also gets a glimpse into its future waterfront plans

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Peter Jackson of the Everett Herald and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

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Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage.

Tim Harford's book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back"

Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author, about his new book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run – or Ruin – an Economy." 

The book focuses on the work of macroeconomists and how they believe that tweaking the right dials can steer our economy away from danger. Harford also offers a macroeconomic perspective for Seattle's on-going minimum wage debate.

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Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour.

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike, but he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.

Workers and labor activists demonstrate outside the U.S. District Courthouse in support of the city's $15 an hour minimum wage
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A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for state employees and other news from Olympia. 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
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President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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Workers protest outside Seattle's fast-food restaurants to draw attention to income inequality, and the Seattle's interim police chief's recent disciplinary decision raises questions about which direction police reform is headed.

Also Washington cuts the size of legal marijuana grows after receiving nearly 3,000 applications for a state license.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

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Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle are staging demonstrations at fast-food restaurants across the city Thursday.

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David Hyde talks with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about the latest on a proposed minimum wage hike for Seattle. This week the Income Inequality Advisory Committee, made up of 25 local business and labor leaders, has been examining the issue in closed-door meetings.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution about a new study of the gap between the rich and poor in America's big cities.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire and conservative activist, about why he thinks Republicans and the nation as a whole would benefit from a $12 minimum wage.

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

Workers and labor activists demonstrate outside the U.S. District Courthouse in support of the city's $15 an hour minimum wage
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Ross Reynolds talks with Howard Wright, co-chair of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about the status of its proposal to the mayor.

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, he does it against a backdrop of some of the lowest voter-approval ratings of his presidency, with a divided Congress that has largely stalled his second-term agenda and with Washington's collective focus starting to shift toward the midterm elections and beyond.

Here are five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech:

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David Hyde talks with Jim McTague, of financial magazine Barron's, about income inequality and why  he says raising the minimum wage is a "crowd-pleaser" solution.

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

The battle over Washington’s minimum wage could soon heat up at the Capitol. House Democrats may roll out a proposal as early as this week to increase the state’s base wage.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

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Marcie Sillman sits down with new Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray to talk about a range of issues currently facing the city.

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Jan 10, 2014
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Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International union, about the move for a $15 minimum wage, the Boeing machinists approval of a Boeing contract, and how he views his dramatic move to take the SEIU out of the AFL-CIO looks nine years later.

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Port of Seattle Commissioners said Tuesday they will consider higher wages for some airport workers, despite last week's court ruling that the Port is exempt from a new ordinance in SeaTac. That law would require a $15 hourly minimum wage for airport-related workers.

Ross Reynolds interviews Howard Wright and David Rolf, co-chairs of Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee designed to tackle the issue of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.

Oregon's pot law allows up to four pot plants per home.
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Machinists cast their votes tonight on Boeing's contract extension. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes raising the minimum hourly wage for city employees to $15. Legal marijuana enters 2014 under a hazy cloud of questions.

Steve Scher reviews the week's big stories and looks ahead to 2014 with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox. We also get some 2014 predictions from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Jack Temple, a National Employment Law Project policy analyst, about the movement to raise the minimum wage and why states are starting to take action.

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