$15 SeaTac minimum wage challenged in court

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SEATTLE — A hearing is scheduled Friday in King County Superior Court on a challenge to the new $15 an hour minimum wage in the city of SeaTac that was upheld in a vote recount.

Businesses led by Alaska Air Group say the city law should not apply at the airport, which is operated by the Port of Seattle.

The measure is set to take effect Jan. 1. Opponents say it will hurt business and reduce employment. Supporters say workers need higher pay as a matter of fairness.

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