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D.C. Council Votes to Raise Minimum Wage; Prince George’s County Executive Signs Similar Bill

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Council has voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

With the council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously, Tuesday’s vote was considered little more than a formality.

The bill now goes to Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has advocated for a more modest minimum wage increase to $10 an hour, but he’s not expected to veto it given the council’s unanimous support.

Lawmakers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have approved similar minimum wage increases in those jurisdictions.

Also on Tuesday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker signed that county’s new minimum wage bill. It will increase the wage gradually — to $8.40 in October 2014, $9.55 in 2015, $10.75 in 2016 and $11.50 in 2017.

The votes follow a national trend in which states and municipalities are addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction.

The District of Columbia’s current minimum wage is $8.25. That’s $1 higher than the federal minimum.

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