An $11.50 minimum wage measure has been passed by Washington's city council on Tuesday. Reuters reports via Yahoo on Dec. 17 that the minimum wage per hour was $8.25 before approval was made for that amount to rise in 2016 and be adjusted for inflation. This wage increase was approved unanimously by the council.
Washington's city council worked on raising the entry-level wage with lawmakers from Montgomery and Prince George's counties that are located in Washington's Maryland suburbs. Similar measures to the $11.50 minimum wage were also approved last month.
When the increased minimum wage goes into effect, there will be three jurisdictions consisting of 2.5 million residents with the highest minimum wage in the nation. The federal base rate is just $7.25 an hour.
Washington state has the highest hourly minimum wage rate at $9.19 an hour. City workers in Sonoma, Calif. earn $15.38 an hour.
Naturally there are opponents of this measure who feel the $11.50 minimum wage hourly rate should not have been approved since a base rate of pay should not be what workers can actually raise a family on or strive to settle on long-term. There seems to be more focus on the minimum rate of pay per hour given the economical impact of the recession and the fast-food worker strikes demanding employers pay them $15 an hour.
The latest hourly $11.50 minimum wage hike give workers in this category hope that their standard of living is being addressed by politicians and lawmakers. A number of opinions and speculations surround the issue in regards to how it will impact all parts of the economy, but it appears to be a sign of progress to many.