ARBOR WEALTH: Talkin’ Seattle minimum wage Middle Class Blues

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

Second in a Series on the American Middle Class

“Your beat up buck won’t be worth a cent…

Prices’ll fly to the firmament.”

“Talkin’ Inflation Blues” by Tom Glazer


The city of Seattle voted recently to lift its minimum wage requirement to $15 an hour for hospitality and transportation workers near its major airport. This figure is more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. 

Some 21 states currently require employers to pay hourly wages above the federal minimum.  California will raise its minimum wage from $8 to $9 in July and then to $10 an hour in January of 2016. Florida ’s minimum is currently $7.93 per hour. 

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