“Living Wage” Tax to be Introduced in DC

June 3, 2013

A controversial bill to require large retailers in the District to pay a “living wage” sailed through a key D.C. Council committee vote this morning, setting up a vote in the full Council. The Large Retailer Accountability Act was introduced in January by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and received a contentious hearing in March, with members of the business community alleging that its requirements were unfair and that it would drive business out of the city. Vincent Orange, who chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, amended the legislation to address some of those concerns, removing the provision that only stores in excess of 75,000 square feet would be subject to the wage requirements, so that any retailer whose parent company grosses at least $1 billion per year is required to pay $12.50 an hour, minus prorated benefits. (WCP)

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