Washington Minimum Wage, Initiative 688 (1998)

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Washington Initiative 688, also known as the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, was on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People. It was approved.

Election results

Initiative 688
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,259,470 66.1%
No644,76433.9%

The question in front of voters said, "This measure would increase the state minimum wage for workers eighteen years and older from $4.90 to $5.70 per hour, effective January 1, 1999, and to $6.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2000. Beginning in 2001, the state minimum wage would be annually adjusted. The adjustment would be calculated each September 30, using the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, and would take effect on January 1 of the following year."

The increase in the state's minimum wage as authorized by I-688 amounted to a 32% increase.

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