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DC Lawmakers Approve $15 Minimum Wage


Joins California and New York in raising minimum wage to more than double the federal minimum of $7.25

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Some say raising the minimum wage to $15 will do more harm than good, and may lead businesses to lay off workers.

D.C. joins numerous cities and the states of California and New York in raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Currently, the District of Columbia has a minimum wage of $10.50 that will increase to $11.50 in July, as per legislation signed in 2014.

The bill, once signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk this summer, will gradually raise minimum wage until it reaches $15 in 2020, reports The Associated Press.

As with the passing of the $15 minimum wage in California and New York, the bill has been met with mixed responses. Michael Saltsman, research director for the Employment Policies Institute, said, “D.C. can either have the same number of opportunities it has in the service industry right now, or it can have a $15 minimum wage, but it can't have both.”

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan seems to agree, saying “I think that will actually do more harm than good in so many instances.”

Elisandro Morales, who works two part-time jobs, says that a $15 minimum wage would allow him to only have to work one job and spend more time with his children.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

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DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.


DC lawmakers approve citywide $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it when it reaches her desk, likely sometime this summer.

The District of Columbia currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.

“I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up,” Bowser said.

The bill would raise the wage gradually until it hits $15 in 2020. After that, future increases would be tied to inflation.

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.