Gray nixes living-wage bill.

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Sept. 12, 2013, 7:28 a.m.

May­or Vin­cent Gray (D) “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” next Tues­day.

“An over­ride would re­quire the ap­prov­al of nine of the coun­cil’s 13 mem­bers. The bill passed last month by an 8-5 mar­gin, and no mem­ber has ac­know­ledged since that their vote could change.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

In the ini­tial vote, may­or­al can­did­ates were split: Coun­cil­mem­ber Jack Evans (D) voted for the meas­ure, while Tommy Wells (D) and Mur­i­el Bow­ser (D) voted against it.

Gray hasn’t yet an­nounced wheth­er he’ll seek reelec­tion.
Steven Shep­ard


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