Coun­cil com­mit­tee backs raise of the min­i­mum wage

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

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.

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