The proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage will appear on Washington’s fall ballot, Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced today.
Initiative 1433 aims to boost the state minimum wage to $13.50 an hour over four years, up from the current $9.47, as well as require employers to provide paid sick leave. The state Elections Division completed a random sample of the 345,907 signatures submitted by the initiative's backers and determined that the measure easily exceeded the bare minimum of 246,372 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
Wyman said a random sample of over 10,000 signatures showed most were valid. Rejection rate, for duplicates or invalid signatures, was 15 percent, lower than the average error rate of 18 percent.