What's the haps with the mayor's deal on the minimum wage? Well, just in case you're tracking all this:
Yesterday, Ed Murray's advisory committee on the matter met one last time, with the intent of having a deal finished and ready to hand off to the mayor. But that's not what happened—instead, the committee reached no resolution.
But that's okay! The mayor said in a statement directly afterward that they were "very close to a deal," and that he still had "hope" that his committee would stand behind him at a press conference today, at 1:15 p.m., where he would announce their plan. (Or at the very least, his own plan, if they couldn't reach a deal.)
The question became: Could the advisory group, or at least some members of the advisory group, work around the clock and somehow reach a deal between 2 p.m. yesterday and 1:15 p.m. today?
Well, this morning, committee co-chair Howard Wright said the group planned to have a deal to hand the mayor by noon today.
And now, Mayor Murray's office has just sent notice to the press that today's 1:15 press conference is rescheduled for 3 p.m.
Looks like they're still trying to beat the clock (and are taking advantage of the fact that they can move the hands on the clock). Murray, obviously, wants to have the support of major business and labor leaders on lockdown before he publicly announces any proposal. If he can't do that, he's likely trying to find something that at least the city council (or a majority of council members) can support, lest he look ineffective.
So, what's happening at 3?
For now, let's call this a phased-in press conference and just hope for the best, huh?