D.C. sets sights on $11.50 minimum wage
Washington, D.C. may soon hold a vote on upping the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Councilmember Vincent Orange, who chairs the committee that is considering four competing minimum wage options, told the AP that he planned to merge the competing proposals into one bill. Orange supports a $12.50 minimum wage, but says he believes an $11.50 raise would receive broader support.
"I'm a team player. The consensus is, why don't we all do $11.50," Orange said. "I am working to build consensus for a minimum wage of $11.50."
Orange's proposal would increase the minimum wage to $9.50 on Jan. 1, $10.50 in July 2015 and $11.50 in July 2016. Increases beyond 2016 would be tied to the Consumer Price Index, so as to keep up with inflation.