Council committee backs raise of the minimum wage
A D.C. Council committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation’s highest, by 2015.
The committee voted 6-0 to send the bill to the full council, which could take the first of two votes as early as December.
Council member Vincent B. Orange said he thinks he has a veto-proof majority of nine of the 13 council members backing his proposal. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has told the council he would support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour from its current $8.25. He’s concerned that a larger increase would hurt the job market, and he’s planning to hire a consultant to study the issue.
San Francisco has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $10.74 an hour.
They took their disagreement downstairs, where Asefa shot Giomarelli with a registered, 9 mm handgun, Capt. Clarke said. The bullet passed through Giomarelli and killed their 3-month-old son Samuel Asefa in his mother’s arms, Capt. Clarke said.
Asefa then shot himself, Capt. Clarke said. The little girl got dressed, went downstairs and saw the scene, then sought help from a neighbor, who called 911, Capt. Clarke said.