Breaking news in the fight against wealth inequality, via Tacoma News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos:

The debate in the state house included a screed from Republican Matt Menweller, last seen on Slog Manweller-splaining to workers who came to testify in favor of the wage hike:

Democratic representativ Chris Reykdal, who reportedly grew up in poverty himself (hat tip Seattlish), had this to say:

Enjoy this news, for now. As Goldy points out, the bill is likely to die in the Republican-controlled state senate.