This morning the Seattle City Council’s Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality approved an ordinance that would increase Seattle’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars.
The ordinance will go before the full council next week.
The committee declined to speed up the slow phase-in of the ordinance, which gives most businesses three or more years to raise their wages.
The ordinance includes a number of contentious amendments, including a sub-minimum wage for teenagers and health-care credits for businesses that provide insurance. 5:47 minutes (5.29 MB)
Jackson and josephine Counties in southern Oregon successfully passed ballot initiatives yesterday that will ban genetically modified crops. The measures faced a well-funded opposition campaign that was led by agricultural giant Monsanto. At the time of this broadcast, the Jackson County measure had passed by a large sixty-six percent majority. Kboo’s paul Roland spoke this afternoon with Elise Higgley of Our Family Farms Coalition and a campaign director for the initiative.
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A new state law will soon allow correctional officers to transport personal firearms in their cars from home to work in Oregon’s prisons. House Bill 4035 was born after an officer was killed in 2011 because he stopped to help someone having car trouble. But the new law will come with restrictions. KBOO’s Don Merrill has more …
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