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Washington Minimum Wage, Initiative 688 (1998)

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The Washington Minimum Wage Initiative, also known as Initiative 688, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure increased the minimum wage from $4.90 to $5.70 in 1999 and to $6.50 in 2000 and afterwards be annually adjusted for inflation.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 688 (1998)
Approveda Yes 1,259,470 66.1%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall the state minimum wage be increased from $4.90 to $5.70 in 1999 and $6.50 in 2000, and afterwards be annually adjusted for inflation?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 688 was filed on January 13, 1998 by Rick S. Bender of Bothell. 288,357 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1998 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 3, 2013'
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 3, 2013