by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times –
Did you miss Mayor Murray’s State of the City address on Tuesday? Check out the Office of the Mayor blog to get caught up. So far, Mayor Murray has had a good opening run, presiding over the largest public gathering in the city’s history and managing a minor snowfall event; confidence has been his standard tone as of late.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that the mayor will have an easy time in Olympia. A bill has emerged care of the Majority Coalition Caucus that might put a kink in wage-raising plans supported by Mayor Murray and many on the Seattle City Council. The bill allows employers to essentially claim a good faith mistake for failing to pay employees the minimum wage or proper overtime compensation.
Fans of affordable housing got some unfortunate news this week. A study by the Downtown Seattle Association found that the city’s strategy of asking developers to pay a fee for extra density that would help fund affordable housing development isn’t working very well. Since 2001, 62 percent of eligible developers chose not to pursue the allowance.