Mayor Gray Vetoes ‘Living Wage’ Bill Aimed At Wal-Mart, Setting Up Decisive Council Vote

Source: Mike DeBonis / The Washington Post

District Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed legislation Thursday that would force the city’s largest retailers to pay a super-minimum wage to their workers, ending two months of uncertainty over the controversial bill’s fate and setting up a decisive override vote at the D.C. Council as early as Tuesday.

The debate over the bill, the Large Retailer Accountability Act, has polarized local leaders while garnering national attention and putting focus on the low wages many retail chains pay their workers.

Gray (D) announced his veto in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson delivered Thursday morning that explained his opposition to the bill and disclosed his intention to seek a minimum-wage hike for all employers, not just large retailers.

Mendelson said he was “disappointed” by the mayor’s decision, which he said is “not good for workers.”

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  • johnmiltonwesley

    The mayor took the easy way out, rather than offend Wal -Mart. However the pledge to seek a “living wage” is a reasonable goal.