Why won't this McDonald's move 20 feet into Idaho?

Idaho's lower minimum wage failed to lure the owner of this fast-food franchise.


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Tim Skubitz at his McDonald’s in Newport, Wash., looks across the highway into Oldtown, Idaho. When he rebuilt the restaurant, he stayed put — and his business and workforce have grown.


    This article is part of the "Bottom Rung" series produced by StateImpact Idaho, a collaboration between Boise State Public Radio (KBSX News 91.5) and NPR. StateImpact Idaho reporters Molly Messick and Emilie Ritter Saunders have traveled the state to explain how economic issues affect you. Other public radio reporters also contribute, including Jessica Robinson, a correspondent in Coeur d'Alene for the Northwest News Network, a collaboration of public radio stations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Visit stateimpact.npr.org/idaho.

Idaho has the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Washington's is nearly $2 more, the highest in the nation. You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.

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