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Mayor Murray in the News Room

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 6pm
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Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after new unemployment figures were released by the Washington State Employment Security Department. The Seattle-area unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent during the month of September, which is the […]


Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement of support for Seattle School teacher’s Black Lives Matter efforts: “I stand in solidarity with the 2,000 Seattle teachers who held “Black Lives Matter” rallies and activities today. […]


As part of the City of Seattle’s ongoing commitment to transparency and to make the process of obtaining public records as easy as possible, the City is launching the Public Records Request Center. This online public portal offers constituents one […]


Today, Mayor Murray and seven Councilmembers announced two proposed changes to implementation of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program, aimed at increasing production and addressing the ongoing displacement occurring as Seattle grows […]


With high-winds and rain predicted for Seattle and much of the Pacific Northwest this weekend, it is recommended that residents take extra precautions at home and when out. Residents should defer traveling during the storm, avoid and report downed […]

Seattle Implements 2016 Minimum Wage Increase — Posted on Jan 4 2016 by Seattle Medium

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum wage in the City of Seattle increased to $13.00 per hour for large employers, and $12.00 per for small employers (companies with fewer than 500 employees).

According to the City’s minimum wage ordinance, the minimum wage requirement can be met in two ways:

A) Pay the prevailing minimum wage rate according to the wage increase schedule for their business size; or

B) Pay a reduced minimum wage ($12.50 for large employers, and $10.50 for small employers) and make up the balance with employee tips reported to the IRS (small employers only) and/or payments toward an employee’s medical benefits plan (large and small employers).

The ordinance, approved by Seattle voters, calls for a phased-in implementation of the $15 minimum wage. Seattle’s minimum wage will continue to increase each year on Jan. 1, with the level of the increase dependent on the size of business and whether or not the worker receives healthcare benefits and/or tips. Large employers will pay the $15 minimum wage beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and small employers will pay the $15 minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2019.

“When our $15 minimum wage is fully implemented, more than 100,000 workers across the city will benefit,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Higher wages will help make Seattle more affordable for everyone who works in the city. Our phased-in approach, developed by labor and business working together, minimizes disruptions – especially to small businesses. I am proud that the Seattle model has been replicated in other cities across the country.

Employers with employees performing work in Seattle are required to pay the prevailing minimum wage as outlined in the minimum wage schedule for their business category. Minimum wage requirements are the same for non-profit and private employers.

Mayor Murray in the News

Executive Order pursues replicating a new low-barrier comprehensive service center based on proven San Francisco model Mayor Edward Murray took action through Executive Order today directing the creation of a low-barrier, one-stop service center for […]
The City of Seattle today announced three awards totaling $2 million to promote capital improvements in Seattle’s network of community health care facilities. Following a competitive funding process, NeighborCare Health, Country Doctor Community […]
This week Mayor Ed Murray sent the Seattle City Council his proposed funding plan to finance the hiring of 200 new police officers and investments in the City’s 911 call center as outlined in his 2016 State of the City address. “This is a balanced […]

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July 2015

Statement on cannabis legislation passing council

Agreement will bring affordable housing to neighborhoods across Seattle

Housing Affordability and Livability

Housing Affordability and Livability AgendaMayor Murray and members of City Council have called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee

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Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the 2015 recipient of the 10th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, Megan Griffiths. The award recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. “Megan’s passion for filming locally and attracting new […]
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The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This is a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability. The Draft EIS provides […]
Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after today’s meeting of the Port of Seattle Commission: “I commend the Port Commission for deciding that the arrival of an off-shore drilling rig should be delayed until the proper permits are in place. I now hope Shell will respect the wishes of the Port, the City and […]

2015-16 Budget

2015-16 Proposed BudgetAn overview of Mayor Murray’s 2015-16 budget highlights, including work on public safety, homelessness, and labor standards..

Mayor Murray’s 2015-16 budget »

Broadband Initiative

High Speed BroadbandInternet access is the infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. The City must continue to explore all options that would increase the availability of competitive, affordable gigabit broadband internet access.

Mayor Murray’s Broadband Strategy »

Statement on cannabis legislation passing council

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