Gov. Jay Inslee calls for minimum wage increase

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.

The Democratic governor said in his "State of the State" address Tuesday that too many parents with full-time jobs are struggling to put food on the table for their families.

Inslee didn't propose a specific minimum wage, but suggested it should be somewhere between $10.82 and $11.82 cents an hour.

Washington's minimum wage is currently $9.32 an hour and rises steadily thanks to a voter-approved initiative.

In Seattle, local officials have been exploring the possibility of raising the minimum wage there to as high as $15 an hour.


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