Mayor Murray is featured today in a piece by Salon.com’s Josh Eidelson. The two chatted about the move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage and the role of city government as a progressive change agent.
You know, traditionally cities have been incubators of social change in this country.
Civil rights laws were often passed by cities before they were passed by states and by the federal government.
The first gay rights protections were passed by Seattle, San Francisco and cities like that, before states did it. I think when it comes right now to a very dysfunctional federal government, and many states are not particularly functional, I think more and more people are looking to cities — particularly the progressive movement — to be the incubators of progressive ideas and making government work.