DC Councilmember to Introduce Minimum Wage Hike

WASHINGTON — A D.C. councilmember says he’ll introduce a bill that would raise the minimum wage for all District of Columbia workers — not just those who work at Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers.

Councilmember Tommy Wells voted against a bill approved by the council last week that would force Wal-Mart to pay its employees a “living wage” of $12.50 an hour. Mayor Vincent Gray is considering whether to veto it.

Wells, who is running for mayor, described the Wal-Mart bill as a “job killer.” But he says he supports a living wage for district workers.

The city’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. Wells says he’ll introduce a bill in September that would raise that minimum wage over the next two years and tie future increases to the cost of living.

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