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The District’s minimum-wage workers will start seeing a city-mandated increase in their paychecks tomorrow, July 1, when the first phase of the city’s wage increase goes into effect. Beginning tomorrow, the minimum wage will jump to $9.50 per hour from today’s $8.25.
This boost is part of legislation that Mayor Vince Gray signed into law in January that will eventually bring the minimum wage to $11.50 in D.C. The first increase goes into effect tomorrow, and the wage will then go up another dollar each of the next two years until it hits $11.50 on July 1, 2016. After that, the minimum wage will be tied to inflation.
The wage increase could affect 40,000 workers who live in D.C., plus some commuters who work in the District but don’t live here, according to one estimate.
Read more on what this new minimum wage means for D.C. workers from Housing Complex’s Aaron Wiener.
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