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D.C. Mayor kills minimum wage hike bill

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a bill that would have forced large retailers to pay employees at least $12.50 per hour.

Gray called the measure a "deal-killer" for a region which already has a minimum wage a dollar over the federal minimum.

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  • financeminister
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    They should have passed it and got a taste of its impact when businesses start leaving and setting up shop in other places...that would have ended this debate once and for all. Now you'll be having to keeping listening to this "living wage" career plan for the rest of the season.
    12 Sep 2013, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    I think they got a long look at Detroit and wisened up
    12 Sep 2013, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • samsptl
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    I am glad to see someone in DC had a little reality check and realized the negative impact this bill was going to have.


    This situation involves two separate issues and there is no way the two can be addressed as one.


    1st - The issue of a $15.00/hr minimum wage. This is a social re-engineering discussion. The ramifications are wide spread...and frightening. I don't think the true discussion has even started. This law was an attempt to place the full burden of the so called "living wage" solely on the shoulders of a very narrowly focused segment of the employment marketplace. And I absolutely believe this was an attempt to bolster relationships with organized labor.


    2nd - This law was blatantly directed at one very narrow segment of the employment base - the largest retailer(s) most specifically WalMart. The discrimination could not have been any more focused. And like FinanceMinister I would have liked to see the law signed in order for it to be torn to shreds in the courts and shown for what it was.
    12 Sep 2013, 02:06 PM Reply Like
  • RWMostow
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    Torn to shreds in the courts would most likely have taken years. Perhaps a veto is not as glamorous, but we get the desired results quicker, and hopefully some at the unions might see the sun coming up over the horizon.


    12 Sep 2013, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • AJAdams
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    Many thought the Courts would rule the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) unconstitutional. Best to defeat or veto the legislation if you believe it bad!
    13 Sep 2013, 06:39 AM Reply Like
  • samsptl
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    Yes - court resolution would have taken a long time (a whole different problem we have). Getting the desired results quickly without the foundation of the egregious activity being corrected simply kicks the can down the road. Now another city will take up the cause and try it again. If this law had been signed, WalMart would still not be building in DC and the economic impact on the city would still be making its statement. After the court action overturned the law, WalMart could have entered the DC market proving it's positive impact on the local economy.
    There is a long road before Unions change their way of thinking. However, organized labor (rank & file) just might recognize reality when they experience it first hand enough times.
    And sorry AJ, but I have a hard time making the stretch of equating Obahmacare to this law.
    13 Sep 2013, 12:07 PM Reply Like
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