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Councilmember to Propose Raising Minimum Wage in D.C.

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WASHINGTON — New legislation would raise the minimum wage in the District of Columbia.

Councilmember and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells plans to introduce a bill Monday that would raise the minimum wage over each of the next two years to $10.25 an hour. The legislation would also increase the district’s standard deduction for personal income taxes.

Wells is scheduled to announce the proposal Monday afternoon at Perry School Community Services Center at 128 M St. NW.

It comes days after Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a bill that would force Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour.

The district’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, $1 higher than the federal minimum.

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