State Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, introduced a bill Thursday that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour over three years.
The bill would increase the minimum wage from the current $9.32 an hour to $10 in 2015, $11 in 2016, and finally to $12 in 2017. After that, the wage would again be tied to the consumer price index.
"We know our economy is stronger when an honest day's work is rewarded with a fair wage," Farrell said. "During the recovery, top earners have done quite well, the stock market has seen record highs, and corporate profits have never been better. This bill rewards work, moves the economy forward, and promotes fundamental economic fairness."