Seattle mayor Ed Murray's advisory committee on the minimum wage is finally, after lots of churning and surprisingly minimal leaking, expected to release recommendations this week. Perhaps we'll get a comprehensive policy for getting all of Seattle to $15 an hour soon, or perhaps we'll get a series of guiding principles, or maybe even multiple options. We can't know by press time. But what we do know is that it's not an end to this hugely consequential policy fight. It's more like the beginning of the real show.
It's city council time. Because the real power here is in the hands of the council, which will be responsible for passing actual minimum-wage legislation. (Despite understandable focus elsewhere until now, the power's been theirs all along.) Council members will say they're listening widely and intently on this issue, and that may be true, but they're not at all required to use what comes from the mayor or his committee. So what can we expect when this lands in their laps?