As Josh reported from Thursday’s gubernatorial debate, Dino Rossi voiced support for repealing Washington’s highest in the nation minimum wage (currently $8.05 an hour), tied to inflation by a citizen’s initiative. Rossi told the Association of Washington Businesses:
”The minimum wage was not meant to be a family wage. It’s meant to be an entry level wage.”
Rarely during this campaign has Rossi made the mistake of publicly stating his position on an issue on which he is so out of step with voters. Don’t get me wrong, Rossi is way out of step on a number of issues, he just refuses to talk about them, and so far our press has been mostly complicit in his silence. But this time he spoke loud and clear, and one would think that reporters might follow up.
It’s encouraging to see the Gregoire campaign quickly respond with an ad; I just hope they continue to hit him on the minimum wage. And harder.