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Washington Ballot Measure to Double Minimum Wage

Special services worker Kaolani Baker, 27, pushes a wheelchair to assist an elderly traveler (not pictured) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington.

Washington's Ballot Measure to Double Minimum Wage


Voters in a working-class Seattle suburb encompassing the region's main airport will decide on Tuesday whether to enact one of the country's highest minimum wages in a ballot measure supporters hope will serve as a model for similar efforts elsewhere.

Amid debate about income inequality in America, the ballot initiative in SeaTac, Washington, would mandate that 6,300 workers at Sea-Tac International Airport and nearby hotels, car rental agencies and parking lots receive a minimum hourly wage of $15, more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. The measure applies only to the travel and hospitality industries and exempts small firms.

Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky, REUTERS.