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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, said he recently asked his state economist why the state had not experienced as much economic growth as desired despite the presence of major companies like Amazon and Boeing.

“Their answer was clear, it’s because we have a drag in our economy because of low wage jobs that are not creating consumers who can go out and create the demand we need,” Inslee said. He said raising the minimum wage would “remove that anchor” on the economy.

The meeting with Obama came at the start of a weekend gathering of most of the nation’s governors for the annual National Governors Association meeting. The long weekend, which will include a White House dinner on Sunday night and a bipartisan meeting with Obama on Monday, will include discussions on economic development, education and health care.

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