In large measure, this push for the $15 minimum wage (orchestrated by SEIU and others in organized labor, began in earnest in Seattle, WA as the city adopted the $15/hour rate back in the spring of 2014, phasing it in over a three year period for those businesses (and franchises) with more than 500 employees (employers with fewer than 500 workers have a five year phase-in).  With still 18 months to go until the higher rate is required, we’ve seen the first of what will likely be many businesses announce that they cannot afford a 58% increase in labor costs and will be going out of business.  The owner of the only Z Pizza in the Pacific Northwest closed her shop after the July 4 holiday.  The state minimum of $9.47/hour as of January 1, 2015 was the highest in the country.