Gray Signs Bill Raising D.C. Minimum Wage to $11.50

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that will raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour in 2016.

Mayor Vincent Gray signed the measure Wednesday morning. The D.C. Council approved the increase last month.

The district’s current minimum wage is $8.25. The minimum wage will rise to $9.50 per hour this year on July 1, to $10.50 on July 1, 2015, and to $11.50 on July 1, 2016.

Gray clashed with the council last year over raising wages only at large, non-union chains like Walmart and Home Depot. Gray vetoed that legislation, which would have forced those stores to pay employees $12.50 per hour, after Wal-Mart threatened to pull out of plans for three stores if the wage bill became law.

Shortly after announcing his decision to veto the “Living Wage” legislation in September, Gray said that while its supporters had good intentions, “it simply was not an effective vehicle for reaching a goal that we all share — to help the largest number of District residents possible find good jobs with good wages.”

The new minimum wage applies to all businesses.

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