Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have endorsed Initiative 1433, a state ballot measure seeking to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by 2020.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on Friday morning to endorse a Washington state ballot initiative that would require paid sick leave and boost the state minimum wage to $13.50 an hour.
She was referring to the union-backed Raise Up Washington campaign, which has filed Initiative 1433, aimed at the November ballot.
I-1433 would raise the state minimum wage, currently at $9.47 an hour, to $13.50 by 2020. It also would require employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, has backed an even larger increase in the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, which he has said should be raised to $15 over several years.
Late Friday afternoon, Sanders also voiced support for I-1433, sending a tweet congratulating the campaign “for taking the first step to a $15/hr. min. wage and paid leave.”
Clinton has endorsed a more modest federal minimum-wage increase, to $12 an hour.
The Association of Washington Business led efforts last year opposing legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour, arguing it would cost jobs.
After that proposal stalled, backers followed up on promises to bypass the Legislature and file an initiative seeking an even larger increase.