'Seattle Speaks' on wage worries

The mobilization of low-wage workers in Seattle and across the nation calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage has sparked a debate about how our economy functions. Would a wage increase boost the local economy or lead to job cuts? What’s a fair minimum wage?

The next episode of “Seattle Speaks,” a live, interactive TV program, will focus on the living-wage debate and feature a panel of labor activists, lawmakers, economic experts and low-wage workers to discuss the issue.

The panel will include policy analysts who support raising the minimum wage such as Lori Pfingst, research director at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and business owners who are opposed to raising the minimum wage, such as Bob Donegan, president of Ivar’s Inc.

Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead the live, televised discussion, at 
7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at NewHolly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave. S.). The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and on-line at seattlechannel.org.

Admission to “”Seattle Speaks is free, but advance registration is required. Register at www.seattlechannel.org/seattlespeaks or call (206) 684-8821.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.

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