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By Dan Springer Published December 30, 2013 FoxNews.com

As talk builds on Capitol Hill over hiking the federal minimum wage, one city in Washington state highest rate in the nation. On Jan. 1, an estimated 1,600 hotel and transportation workers in SeaTac, Wash., will see their 60 percent increase from the state's $9.32 minimum wage. While many workers look forward to the higher pay, employers are looking for ways to absorb the costs. Some plan on eliminating jobs. "We're going to be looking at making some serious cuts," said Cedarbrook Lodge General Mana "We're going to be looking at reducing employee hours, reducing benefits and eliminating some That's in the short term. Eventually, those jobs and more are expected to return as the Cedarbro addition to the hotel. The plan is to increase revenue to offset the higher labor costs. But not every employer is being so ambitious. One has told a trade group it is going to close one eliminating 200 jobs. The plan has also caused Han Kim -- who runs Hotel Concepts, a company that owns and mana Washington state -- to shelve plans to build a hotel in SeaTac. The company already has three h and a business partner were looking to build a fourth on land they own. "Uncertainty is bad for business, and right now we're right in that area so we're just putting every Opponents of the $15 minimum wage did score a legal victory late last week when a King Count it does not apply to any of the workers at the SeaTac airport. Superior Court Judge Andrea Darva Seattle can set wage and other work rules at the airport. That eliminates 4,700 workers from the initiative.

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Backers of the $15 minimum wage vow to appeal the ruling up the state Supreme Court. One of Kshama Sawant, a socialist who also won her election to the Seattle City Council. She plans on city to have a $15 minimum wage. "There may be a few jobs lost here and there, but the fact is, if we don't fight for this, then the rac continue," Sawant said. Sawant is skeptical that the higher minimum wage will lead to mass layoffs. But the American Ca estimates 5 percent of low-wage jobs will be cut; and another 5-10 percent of those workers will experienced workers. The owner of Dollar Rental Cars told Fox News she'll outsource some functions, change schedu response to the new policy. Dan Springer joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in August 2001 as a Seattle-based corresponden

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