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D.C. Council sends minimum wage hike to mayor

by Ben Nuckols
Associated Press

    Council of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy Image)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council has given final approval to raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

Tuesday's vote was a formality, with the council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously.

The bill now goes to Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has advocated for a more modest minimum wage increase, but he's not expected to veto it given the council's unanimous support.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker signed a similar bill on Tuesday, and the Montgomery County Council has also approved a minimum wage hike. The legislation is part of a national trend of states and municipalities addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction.

The District of Columbia's current minimum wage is $8.25.

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