Recount starts on SeaTac $15 minimum wage proposition

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SEATTLE — The King County elections office is conducting a recount Monday on the proposition in the city of SeaTac to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

It passed by 77 votes in last month's election, with 6,003 votes counted.

The recount was requested by Common Sense SeaTac, a business group that opposed the proposition. It also faces a court challenge, led by Alaska Air Group. It questions whether it has authority at the airport, which is operated by the Port of Seattle.

The SeaTac minimum wage campaign drew $1.8 million in spending in the small city, with national labor groups supporting higher pay and national business groups opposing.

Washington has the nation's highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.