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Council Will Recommend $11.50 Minimum Wage Hike; Gray Wants $10 by 2016 !!!! $12.50 by 2017 !!!! Good bye hard working Americans hello lazy non educated fools!!! This is dangerous and not wise

A Council committee will convene today to discuss raising the minimum wage in D.C. to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

The Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs committee will discuss a report on the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013, which recommends raising the minimum wage to $11.50 by July 2016. This would happen in three increments beginning in July 2014 with a $9.50 minimum wage. After that, the minimum wage would rise "in proportion to increases in the Consumer Price Index."

"The Committee considers income inequality to be an important metric for judging the strength of a local economy," the report says. "It is an indicator of how the lowest income residents are struggling to cope with a jurisdiction’s cost of living. The failure of the minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living has resulted in a decrease in the purchasing power of middle- and low-income households."

Meanwhile, as the Post and AP reported, Mayor Vince Gray sent a letter to the committee recommending the minimum wage be raised to $10 immediately with no future automatic raises.

"I believe this recommended approach adds to the financial well-being of District employees, increases their purchasing power, and improves the District's overall economy," Gray wrote in the letter to the committee. "Moreover, the District's business community is in agreement with a $10.00 an hour increase and it is my understanding would support Council approval."

Gray also "strongly encourage[d]" the Council to wait on action until the city's minimum wage study is completed in April 2014.

Not included in the report or Gray's letter is a specific recommendation for a tipped worker wage hike. The committee writes that it "remains concerned about is the enforcement of the tipped wage credit paid to employees."

Bill 20-459, as introduced, proposed increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the District’s regular minimum and phased-in over a four-year period. It was the only bill of the four minimum wage bills introduced in the Council to specifically address the issue of
minimum wages for tipped employees. In testimony received by the Committee, many tipped employees opposed an increase in the tipped minimum wage rate because they thought employers would change the current tipped compensation model to one that would constrain tipped compensation. For example, restaurant owners may introduce a service charge that would discourage discretionary tipping, or they may opt to pay the regular minimum wage rate of $8.25 per hour. Most of the restaurant employees appearing before the Committee indicated they earned well above the District minimum wage rate.

A new coalition, D.C. Working Families, is pushing for a ballot initiative that would require a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour by 2017, as well as a minimum wage of $8.70 for tipped workers.

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Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 3:10pm

I hear ya Ruff. And let them know you did not come by banana boat, but by plane. lol  When my grandparents died last year we had to go through some of their stuff.  Grandpa had countless magazines, photos and pictures of nude woman from Panama and other parts of the world he been.  Grandma had priceless jewels and knives sets they do not make any more.  We also were laughed at for not knowing English or having the right gears.  

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on November 27, 2013 at 1:24pm
@Mz Nini my grandmother came to this country with $10 us and $40 Guyanies and you know she still has that $40 she has it in a photo book along with all her other pictures !!!Some times it's not the money but how it's used , I have seen people come to this country with nothing as my friends laughed and pointed fingers look who's laughing now!!!Restrictions on welfare most feel it's a god given right !!! LOL
Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 1:00pm

I think putting restrictions on welfare client will motivate them get some kind on higher education.

Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 12:59pm

Wow Ruff, I never saw it that way.   Now that I think about, if they raise it up that high so quickly, people getting regular pay possibly would get a pay raise, but lose hours, because the corporate will be competing with the state mandated minimum wage policy.  It should be raised, but do so gradually, this way by the time it hits $15 the economy should be doing a little better -- which I doubt even more, because we are living in the "Woe's."  

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on November 27, 2013 at 12:48pm
Sorry!!!!!High School diploma ,Collage
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on November 27, 2013 at 12:46pm
I agree but here is the danger of raising the minimum wage so high most people that do not have an education get by with 9.75 to 10 starting now !!! Depending on the state what drive will be there for people to graduate high school if you can drop out and land a job for $12 , now you are also going to push people that are already getting $12 and hour to insist to there employers they need more cause the poverty level has been raised so now $12 now goes to 15 and companies are already crying over Obama care an Taxes !!!! Really yes maybe minimum wage should be raised but $11 for not working for and now that you raise that Kmart raises there prices cause on the books number crunching you can afford it !!! There will be reprocusions that the united states will not want to deal with !!! Some times Sime times you can not give man every thing they want in the end they will not want to work for it!!!! Best line in the Great Debaters Welfare takes away a mans will to survive by taking away there desire to work !!! Is this not what we are seeing today!!!!
Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

The minimum wage should have been increased years ago, and not by not .25 cent either.  To many people work 2 jobs just to make ends meet, and still struggle with that.

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