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Seattle's Fight For $15, Three Years Later

In 2014, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed a bill that raised the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
 A new study has raised questions over how successful that increase has been.
In 2014, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed a bill that raised the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. A new study has raised questions over how successful that increase has been.

Three years ago, Seattle agreed to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. One new study says that’s been a disaster … but another one says, it’s been a success.

Which is it? And will either study affect other cities that are under pressure to follow Seattle’s lead?

GUESTS

Jacob Vigdor, Economist at the University of Washington; director of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study

Veronique de Rugy, Senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a policy analyst at the Cato Institute

Ben Zipperer, Economist, the Economic Policy Institute; co-author of an article critical of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study

David Hyde, Reporter on the politics team at Seattle’s KUOW – Puget Sound Public Radio

David Meinert, Restaurant owner in Seattle; former member of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee

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