- Associated Press - Thursday, January 15, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Measures to raise Washington state’s minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years have been introduced in the state House and Senate.

Rep. Jessyn Farrell and Sen. Pramila Jayapal, both Democrats from Seattle, introduced bills on Thursday. At $9.47 an hour, Washington state already has the highest minimum wage in the nation. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

The measures would raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour over the course of four years. After that, further yearly increases would be adjusted for inflation as directed by a 1998 voter-approved initiative.

A similar bill introduced by Farrell last year died in a House fiscal committee.

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