Judge Rejects Request To Stop Wage Increase - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge Rejects Request To Stop Wage Increase

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Kittitas County judge has rejected a request to halt the state's minimum wage increase this weekend. Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks on Wednesday rejected the
summary judgment request made by a coalition of business groups that sued the state last month over the decision to raise the minimum wage by 12 cents to $8.67.

An attorney with the state's Department of Labor and Industries says that the lawsuit is still active, but that the minimum wage will increase on Saturday as scheduled.

The groups opposed to the increase argue that the minimum wage can't be increased in 2011 because this year's Consumer Price Index does not reflect a net increase in the cost of living since 2008. A voter initiative ties the state's minimum wage to the index.
      
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