Not only do we have the highest minimum wage, but you have to pay people in the service industry the full amount. No paying waitstaff $3 and letting the tips make up the difference. Amazingly we still have plenty of small businesses and people still frequent them. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-...t-minimum-wage-state-beats-u-s-with-jobs.html When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn’t been borne out. In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 -- the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate.