Minimum wage in Washington D.C. has been raised

Washington D.C. lawmakers have unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. Photo: Minimum wage/ AP

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2013 — The D.C. Council unanimously endorsed a piece of legislation today that would raise the minimum wages The District to $11.50 an hour, pulling it far closer to Maryland than Virginia.

While the Federal Minimum Wage, as well as the minimum in The Old Dominion, stays at $7.50 an hour, the upcoming vote by the D.C City Council to finalize the measure is part of a burgeoning movement in the area towards a higher and higher minimum wage.

Maryland recently began an initiative to increase their minimum wage, with some counties taking an extra initiative to reward their workers even more than the statewide requirement. With Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties leading the charge, D.C. would be the third contiguous region to embrace a minimum wage higher than in any other part of the country.

The move comes just as the District is preparing to welcome its first two Wal-Mart stores into the nation’s capital. And the move in not coincidental. This upcoming vote to increase the minimum wage is the result of a legislative movement that began back when D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D.) vetoed a proposal that would have required Wal-Mart specifically to pay its workers 50 percent more than the minimum wage of $8.50 per hour. 


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