The mayor of Seattle, Washington is hoping to soon make his plan of a $15 minimum wage a reality.
Ed Murray's proposal may take several years to put in place, but it would be groundbreaking for thousands of employees. Washington already has the nation's highest minimum state-level wage at $9.32. The Seattle City Council will begin considering the proposal next week.
Considering that this rate is more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25, we thought that you'd have a lot to say about the topic. So we reached out on Facebook and Twitter to hear your thoughts (and yes, more than a few of you are ready to move!).
Some of you felt strongly that the wage hike was a bad decision.
Secrena E.: I think it is the beginning of the end of the small business sector in Seattle, they will no longer be able to afford to pay their workers and maintain their business.
Sean A.: Prices are going to increase and business is going to suffer which in turn means less workers or less hours.
Maximilian C.: So we'll have freshmen in high school making the same amount of money as a graduate with a bachelor's or master's degree? At this point college becomes useless and educational standards are lowered because one can work at McDonald's and make a living. If you're flipping hamburgers all day with minimal training and all you do is service lunch hours, then the most you deserve is $9.00 an hour, and that's stretching it. One is worth what one produces in a certain amount of time. America doesn't need a minimum wage, it needs a production based income that pays workers their worth in any industry. It will teach the working class that determination and dedication gets one places, not poor customer service.
Other that were in the position of working minimum-wage jobs had another point of view.
Heidi F.: The cost of living here in Seattle is expensive. I work hard, and do not get paid enough to live on. If I lived alone I would not be able to afford any place to live! $15 an hour can help me a great deal. I can pay my bills and have food and maybe get out of debt. There is a 50/50 chance this $15 an hour min wage can be good or bad. I hope it will be good. I know it will be good for my family and I.
Lori Nuss H.: The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009. Do you really think the cost of living has remained the same? Why are people "hating" on minimum wage workers as if it is their fault? I am an educated person who had a good job that I lost due to cancer. I had to start my life over with a minimum wage job. Why don't I deserve more money and why are some of you acting as if you are better than me?
On Twitter, some of you thought it was a pretty good move for Seattle to make.
@HLNTV I'm moving to Seattle soon as they do
— Realist Scorpio Eva (@MzDevonaDUH) May 3, 2014
— Mary Vela (@vela_mary) May 3, 2014
@HLNTV makes sense because the cost of living is higher there.
— Carrie Michelle (@duck_duck_puck) May 3, 2014
Didn't get your word in yet? Let us know what you think in the comments. We'll be watching!