Seattle Mayor Ed Murray this afternoon signed legislation raising Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Here are his remarks, as prepared:
“Today, we are grateful for the work of my Income Inequality Advisory Committee, the Seattle City Council and everyone who lent their voice to this process and helped us get to this historic day.
Although it is historic, today marks a beginning, not an end.
It is not about promises kept, but about promises to keep.
We have taken a great step forward in the challenge of addressing income inequality and rebuilding the middle class.
And it’s a step we recommend to other cities around the country who seek to take action as we have.
But it is only a first step.
Income inequality will not be solved by the minimum wage alone.
Together, we must continue our work to provide:
- Children with a hand-up, through pre-school opportunities;
- Seniors with recreational opportunities at our community centers;
- Transit opportunities that allow people to live and work in this city; and above all
- Housing that’s affordable to Seattle’s working families.
Our work must continue.
I’ll close by returning to my favorite FDR quote:
The country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
The economic policy of the 34 years has failed, it has decimated the middle class and it has created the largest income inequality gap in our history.
Seattle is trying something else.
And we are doing it the Seattle way, through collaboration with our great community of businesses large and small – this city’s leaders in innovation, job creators and civic partners.
Seattle – all of you here today – has shown that we can help our employees without hurting our employers. I want to again thank you all for your leadership.
And with that, I will sign the legislation.”
Photos from today’s signing can be found on Murray’s Flickr page. For more information on Murray’s proposal for increasing the minimum wage within the city of Seattle, visit murray.seattle.gov/minimumwage.
Footage of today’s legislation: