I'm not surprised that the minimum wage will eventually be raised to $15 per hour in Seattle. The cost of living and housing is very high in that prosperous city. Some conservatives worry that businesses cannot afford to hire workers at $15 per hour so jobs would be lost. That's probably true in more depressed areas like rural Kansas where there is less prosperity and things are cheaper. When President Obama talks about raising the minimum wage, he is not talking about $15 per hour. Proposals to raise the national minimum wage are a lot more modest. There is a big difference between various areas of this country when it comes to cash flow, prosperity and the cost of things like housing. It's almost like comparing apples and oranges. To a large extent the politics of wages and prices is local due to wide gaps between circumstances in different parts of the country. The cost of housing is one thing that can make a really big difference.