Hearing all the concern these days about the 12.5-cent minimum wage change, I wondered how this could happen. Didn’t the Legislature write and pass the law that sets the minimum wage?
It turns out that they did, and it is a percentage dependent on the state’s economy. When the economy goes down, the minimum wage goes down, except when the economy did go down the legislators who wrote the law decided to break the law and leave the minimum wage where it was (12.5 cents more than the law allowed).
The next year, the economy went back up to where it was before. Instead of leaving it at the legal amount, there was a proposal to add 12.5 cents more, again breaking the law. Adding that to the 12.5 cents they had already taken, this would be 25 cents taken from the taxpayers in violation of the law. Rob McKenna had the unmitigated gall to point this out. It’s no wonder that those people are so upset. Talk about “mean-spirited”!
This makes their other concern easier to understand also. Who wants someone who wants to uphold the law to be the governor? He’s not right for Washington as we know it.