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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.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com