On Tuesday, the Washington D.C. city council came within one vote of a veto-proof majority for a bill that would have required big box stores to pay a $12.50 minimum wage. The vote resulted in an unexpected act of cooperation with the surrounding suburbs in preparation to increase the $7.25 federal minimum wage.
The final vote rests in the hands of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D). All 13 council members have pledged their support in the act, which means the vote will likely be enough to override a veto by Gray, who has stood his ground on only increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour.
With all this strong support, the Washington D.C. measure is expected to pass a final vote with ease and, if Mayor Vincent Gray vetoes it, the votes should be just enough for a veto override. Regardless of the mayor’s outrage about the possibility of having to pay D.C. workers $12.50, stores like Walmart will likely have to pay at least $11.50.
Watch a report about the possible minimum wage increase in Washington D.C. here:
h/t: Daily Kos