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Muriel Bowser pitched a $15 minimum wage in her State of the District address, but so far, the specifics of Bowser’s plan have been unclear. That’s about to change, with Bowser spokesman Michael Czin telling LL the mayor will send the legislation to the D.C. Council next week.
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will decide a lot about the legislation’s fate, but for now, he’s cautious on the increase. On WAMU’s The Politics Hour today, Mendelson remained noncommittal about Bowser’s plan.
“We haven’t seen the details of what she’s proposing,” Mendelson said. “There’s a question about how it gets phased in.”Mendelson said he’d rather see Bowser coordinate a minimum wage increase with the District’s surrounding counties. In 2013, Mendelson teamed up with pols in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County to raise their minimum wages to $11.50.
“Let’s do this regionally, not just be an island in the region,” Mendelson said.
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