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Wage Bill Affecting Wal-Mart Goes to Mayor Gray

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has received a bill requiring Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees a “living wage” of at least $12.50 an hour.

Gray’s spokesman says the bill was sent to the mayor Friday, seven weeks after it was passed by the D.C. Council. The mayor has 10 business days, starting Tuesday, to either sign or veto the bill. Gray has expressed reservations about the legislation’s effect on economic development.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he held up the bill in part to give people more time to urge Gray to sign it. The council approved it on an 8-5 vote.

Wal-Mart, which has asked Gray to veto the bill, says it won’t build three of the six stores it has planned for the district if the bill becomes law.

Three Wal-Mart stores are already under construction. The three that would be dropped are planned for Skyland, Capitol Gateway, and New York Avenue.

But Wal-Mart spokesman Steve Restivo said in a statement that the company would “review the financial and legal implications on the three stores already under construction,” as well.

Representatives from six other retailers — AutoZone, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Macy’s, Target and Walgreens — undersigned a letter asking Gray for a veto, as well.

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