Gov. Inslee visits Tacoma to discuss health care, minimum wage

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in Tacoma Tuesday to discuss efforts to improve the health of local children and provide low-wage workers guaranteed sick leave and an increased minimum wage.

Gov. Inslee visited Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (pictured below) Tuesday morning to meet with hospital leaders, tour the facility, and talk with children and their families during their visits with health care providers. The governor discussed how the hospital’s work supports his Healthiest Next Generation initiative, as well as his proposal to crack down on the increasing use of e-cigarettes among adolescents. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is home to the Ready, Set, Go 5-2-1-0 program, a community effort to encourage kids to eat well and be active, as well as the Mary Bridge Weight and Wellness Program, which helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and the Mary Bridge Childhood Immunization Clinic, which offers free vaccines to kids.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in Tacoma Tuesday to discuss efforts to improve the health of local children and provide low-wage workers guaranteed sick leave and an increased minimum wage. (PHOTO COURTESY GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE)

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in Tacoma Tuesday to discuss efforts to improve the health of local children and provide low-wage workers guaranteed sick leave and an increased minimum wage. (PHOTO COURTESY GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE)

Later in the day, Gov. Inslee was at Smoke + Cedar (pictured below) to meet with workers from the retail, health care, grocery, and food service industries to hear their comments on paid sick leave and minimum wage levels. According to Gov. Inslee’s administration, two bills are slated to be voted out of committee in the state House of Representatives this week – one bill sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) that would phase in a higher minimum wage to $12 per hour, as well as a bill sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) to implement paid sick and safe leave.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in Tacoma Tuesday to discuss efforts to improve the health of local children and provide low-wage workers guaranteed sick leave and an increased minimum wage. (PHOTO COURTESY GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE)

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was in Tacoma Tuesday to discuss efforts to improve the health of local children and provide low-wage workers guaranteed sick leave and an increased minimum wage. (PHOTO COURTESY GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE)

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