No, that’s not some new entertainment here in the land of strong coffee, damp sidewalks (though despite constant drizzle, it’s apparently uncool to use an umbrella), great food, and highly engaged audiences. It’s the PowerPt slides from my talk this afternoon at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center conference.
I guess one could write it off to a selection bias, but each time I come out here, I’m struck by the willingness and interest of the people with whom I interact to get outside the cramped walls of the usual economic and fiscal debates and really mix it up.
There’s a lot of excitement, for example, about the $15 minimum wage at the Seatac airport that just squeaked through in the narrowest of votes, and there are a lot of folks who’d like to see that wage floor apply to Seattle as well. As I pointed out in my talk, that’s “out-of-sample” in terms of its high magnitude relative to past increases. And it will take some analysis to get a sense of how it might play out here in the city. But like I said, it’s about time somebody got outside the sample with an ambitious, progressive idea like this.
Headed east tomorrow. But hey, even back home, there’s a bit of Kumbaya breaking out. Whassup?!
[I hope you like the new look here at OTE as much as I do…hats off many times over to CW for his work on the facelift…he’s the man!]