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Washington Delays Minimum Wage Report

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state has delayed a decision on whether to raise the nation's highest minimum wage because of questions over the intent of the voter initiative that ties the wage to inflation.

The state Department of Labor and Industries was supposed to release its official determination Thursday. But spokeswoman Renee Guillierie told The Associated Press that based on "different legal positions that have been presented in recent weeks" they would make a final decision Oct. 15.

The agency had asked Attorney General Rob McKenna if the state could increase the minimum wage if the Consumer Price Index increases to less than the level the current wage is based upon. In an opinion issued earlier this month, McKenna said no. Federal numbers this month showed an overall increase in inflation, though the Consumer Price Index is still lower than the last time the wage increased in 2009.

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