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Mayor Bowser Statement on $15 Minimum Wage Hearing

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today, the DC Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs held a public hearing on B21-712, the “Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016” hearing on minimum wage.

“At the State of the District Address, I announced that we would take up the fight for $15 in the District of Columbia to give more Washingtonians a fair shot at economic opportunity. Of all the measures that the administration is considering, this legislation will put more money in the pockets of our working families. We are glad there is consensus around a $15 minimum wage and welcome the ongoing conversation on how best to support our workers, while creating an environment where businesses can start, grow, and thrive in all 8 wards. I look forward to working with stakeholders and the Committee on details of this important legislation and I thank the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs for holding a hearing today,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Today, Mayor Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order establishing the Working Group on Jobs, Wages, and Benefits. This working group, also announced during the State of the District Address, will have six months to draft recommendations for the Mayor and the Council. Those recommendations will focus on legislative, programmatic, and policy ways to improve the District’s regional competitiveness, attract and retain businesses and workers, protect and promote commercial diversity, and create and preserve good paying jobs.

The working group will include three representatives each from the business community, labor unions, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the public.  Working group members will be appointed in the coming weeks.