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Seattle is now the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The city council enacted the new law after months of negotiations.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current minimum wage in Washington state, which, at $9.32, is already the highest in the country.

Proponents say it's a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor, but some businesses have vowed to sue.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Deborah Wang of KUOW reports.

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This segment aired on June 3, 2014.

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