Minimum wage victory in SeaTac prompts consideration in Seattle

by: Natasha Chen Updated:

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SEATTLE —

On the heels of watching SeaTac raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour for airport and hotel workers, Seattle city leaders are considering their next move.

At a 2 p.m. council budget hearing, leaders in Seattle will likely talk about how they can propose similar initiatives.

Councilman Nick Licata told KIRO 7 on Tuesday, "My gut level tells me there are a lot of people in Seattle who would like to see the minimum wage being raised. There are a lot of folks in Seattle who are finding it very difficult to get by."

In a recent interview with KIRO 7's Essex Porter, mayoral candidate Ed Murray said that he supports the proposition in SeaTac but would approach it differently in Seattle.

"You have to do it phased in, over a period of time. You have to work with businesses and employees. Because we don't want a business labor war in this city," Murray said.