Large retailer wage bill headed to mayor’s desk

WASHINGTON – A bill requiring large retailers to pay their workers more than minimum wage is expected to land on the desk of Mayor Vincent Gray Friday.

ABC7 reports that once Gray receives the bill Friday, he will have 10 business days to sign, veto or send the bill back to the D.C. Council.

The council passed the bill in early July and Gray has dodged questions about whether he would veto the measure saying he would make a decision once he had formally received the bill.

In the meantime, business groups have been lobbying the mayor hoping to convince him such a law would hurt the District’s economy and would kill expansion projects with the District boundaries.

The bill would require large retailers to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour, more than the standard $8.25 per hour minimum wage in the District. The bill would apply to retailers with stores of 75,000 square feet or larger and that have at least $1 billion in annual corporate sales.

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