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$11.50 Minimum Wage Approved by Washington's City Council

Dec 18 2013, 6:21am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

$11.50 Minimum Wage Approved
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Washington's city council has approved to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 an hour on Tuesday. This raise in the minimum wage will be effective in 2016 in the US capital.

Good news for the people living in Washington. The DC council has approved to raise the minimum wage in the US capital. In 2016, the basic per hour income will be $11.50 in Washington. Washington's city council has taken this decision to raise the minimum wage as a part of the wealthy region's push to hike base pay. $11.50 per hour minimum wage will be one of the highest rates among U.S. cities.

However, this raise in the minimum wage will be available in 2016 for the people living in the DC region. This raise can then be indexed for inflation. Washington's city council has first passed the measure to raise the minimum wage 2 weeks ago. However, a concordant final decision was announced yesterday.

But the Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray was against to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour from $8.25 per hour. He has opposed the minimum wage measure. He said that it is not clear that how the labor market would be affected by this raise. Instead of $11.50/hour, he proposes to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. But DC council has passed over the Gray's veto by unanimous vote.

Source: Reuters

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