D.C. Moves to Raise the Minimum Wage
On Tuesday the D.C. Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage within the district.
Under the bill the minimum wage will be steadily raised over the next few years until it hits $11.50 in 2016 when it would be tied to the consumer price index. Currently the minimum wage is $8.25.
This move was actually part of a regional plan to raise the minimum wage. Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s county, which both border D.C., recently approved similar bills to try to minimize the impact of companies trying to move just across the border.
This is why I’m happy to see Congressional Democrats continued to push for a minimum wage increased even though it is likely doomed while Republicans control the House. While federal action is unlikely it happens created an political environment that encourages action at a local level.