Mayor Gray Kills Bill

September 13, 2013

Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the living wage bill, which would have guaranteed employees of large retailers, like Wal-Mart, a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.

In a letter delivered to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Gray outlined his reasons for vetoing the Large Retailer Accountability Act in six bullets points: “The bill is not a true living-wage bill,” “the bill is a job killer,” “the bill would affect far more retailers than many supporters think,” “the bill doesn’t guarantee good-paying jobs for District residents,” “the bill does nothing to support underserved parts of the District” and “the bill will deal a huge blow to District development.”

“I am vetoing this legislation precisely because I believe in providing a living wage to as many District residents as possible – and this bill is not a true living-wage measure,” Gray said. “While the intentions of its supporters were good, this bill is simply a woefully inadequate and flawed vehicle for achieving the goal we all share.”

Gray said he will work with the Council to “pass a reasonable increase to the District’s minimum wage for all workers.”

Soon after the announcement, Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo sent an email to D.C. reporters, saying “Mayor Gray has chosen jobs, economic development and common sense over special interests – and that’s good news for D.C. residents.”

SOURCE: dcist; Photo: Getty

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