SEATTLE – Workers in Seattle may be cashing in bigger paychecks very soon.
According to the Huffington Post, the mayor of Seattle announced Thursday that he had developed a plan for a $15 minimum wage.
The mayor’s plan is to increase the minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 over the course of three to seven years.
If the mayor’s plan is successful, Seattle would have the highest wage floor of any city in the nation.
Right now, the mayor’s plan is just a proposal.
It would require the city council to write legislation and pass it.
Polls show a strong majority of Americans surveyed back raising the minimum wage.
President Obama’s measure for an increase in minimum wage failed on Wednesday after it did not gain enough support.
In February Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contractors beginning in 2015.
He continues to push Congress to do the same for all workers.