Great news out of Olympia yesterday —
Democrats in the House passed legislation to raise the minimum wage and provide sick and safe leave!
House Bill 1355 increases our state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour, helping struggling families provide for their loved ones and taking us a step forward in building an economy that works for everyone.
House Bill 1356 creates paid sick and safe leave, ensuring that if you face a medical emergency, a sick child, or domestic violence, you won’t lose your paycheck — or worse, your job.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate continue to try and roll back minimum wage standards and worker protections.
The fact is the public supports these critical policies. In a recent survey, 65 percent said they support increasing the minimum wage and 75 percent thought providing sick and safe leave made sense.
Democrats are united, and they’re committed to making Washington a nationwide leader on the minimum wage.
We all know: If you work hard, you should be able to make ends meet and put food on the table.
Now, it’s time for Senate Republicans to listen. Let’s tell the Republicans that they need to put hard working people before their extreme agenda.