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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Waiter Spencer Meline serves a customer at Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant on the Seattle waterfront on May 14, 2014. (AP Photo)
Waiter Spencer Meline serves a customer at Ivar’s Acres of Clams restaurant on the Seattle waterfront on May 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

JOHN BACON, USA Today
SEATTLE (USA Today)—Martina Phelps says the Seattle City Council’s historic vote Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life.

Phelps, 22, earns $9.47 per hour working for a McDonald’s restaurant near downtown. She wants to move out of her mother’s South Seattle home, and she wants to go back to school. She says those things could happen now that the city will have the nation’s highest minimum wage.

“It’s hard right now,” she told USA TODAY hours before the midafternoon vote. “I have been trying to save up for school, but I just can’t do it. This would mean a lot.”

The council unanimously approved the measure before a packed house.

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