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City Council Discusses Establishing a Minimum Wage in Burien

The Burien City Council began discussion of establishing a minimum wage in Burien during their October 23, 2023 meeting. During their presentation, City of Burien staff presented results of preliminary research on minimum wages in other cities and community engagement including feedback received from a business and labor roundtable, limited individual stakeholder interviews, and the Business and Economic Development Partnership.

Staff also presented an overview of relevant research including local worker and business demographics and recent studies on neighboring cities that have implemented a minimum wage.

Staff asked for direction on policy questions and presented options for continued community engagement. After extensive discussion, the City Council voted on a motion, which failed. The City Council requested it be brought back for discussion during a future meeting.

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