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This E-PARCC award-winning case chronicles Seattle’s effort in 2014 to become the first major city in the country to pass a law raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. It’s told from the perspective of protagonist Ed Murray, the newly elected Mayor of Seattle who attempts to broker a deal by assembling a large and diverse committee of affected stakeholders to write the law.

This E-PARCC award-winning case, "Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate” provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy-making process in a major city.

After 5 cyclist fatalities in 16 months, city leaders decided something needed to be done.

Bicycling and Coast City is a comprehensive case study based upon a fictionalized city on the central coast of a Western state.

This case exercise will help students learn to:

  1. Scan the environment (internal and external) in which a program operates, and identify the key  players whose support or opposition can support or hinder program implementation;
  2. Recognize some common obstacles in translating a policy decision into a successful program;  and
  3. Think about the use of training as one leverage point in changing a service delivery system.

Summary: Basic Health is a state-sponsored program providing health insurance coverage to low-income families in Washington state.