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Judge Nixes Signatures From SeaTac Wage Measure

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File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A King County Superior judge has thrown a few dozen signatures for an initiative that would bring up the minimum wage in SeaTac, Wash., to $15 an hour.

But the group behind the initiative has submitted another 250 signatures to replace the ones thrown out.

The group — Yes! For SeaTac — says the judge ruled that SeaTac Proposition 1 was 17 signatures short of the required threshold to put the initiative on the city ballot. Group spokeswoman Heather Weiner says the judge threw out some duplicate signatures.

The union-backed SeaTac initiative is opposed by various business groups, which have channeled nearly $250,000 to fight the campaign.

The state of Washington has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation at $9.19 an hour.

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