In Washington State, we passed an initiative in 1998
slowly raising the minimum wage via rate of inflation. Right now, we have the highest minimum wage (State) in the nation.
The demise of the economy of Washington state following the minimum wage increase is not in evidence:An ADP index that combines both factors shows the Evergreen State far outpacing any other state in growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the year-earlier period.
Washington earned an index score of 117.9 — topping the national average of 106.8 and other states such as California, 108.7; Texas, 108.8; and New York, 105.4.
“Washington is really overperforming on employment growth,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, head of research for ADP, a payroll services company.
Gosh, you mean that YUGE increase in the minimum wage didn’t kill the economy? Why, some might draw the conclusion that when workers have more money to spend, they spend it. Cannot have that!