I support a living wage. We have thousands of workers who are paid so little the taxpayer subsidizes their housing, health care, childcare, and food. The taxpayers are paying as much or more for these workers as the employers are. IT NEEDS TO END.
Minimum wage, at a state and federal level should not be set any lower than what allows workers to apply for government assistance. I’m tired of paying the salaries of workers through my income taxes so their employers don’t have to. If they need employees, they should pay for them, not the taxpayers. The only way to ensure that, is to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. It will save taxpayers of WA tens of millions a year. It is not our job as taxpayers to pay for employees so their employers don’t have to.