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Minimum Wage Poll Finds Two-Thirds Backing $12.50 Wage

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D.C. Working Families members rally outside the Wilson Building last week.

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange's business and consumer affairs committee is about to take up legislation for an $11.50 minimum wage. Last, Vince Gray told councilmembers he would support a lower $10 hourly minimum wage not tied to a cost of living increase. But a new poll commissioned by a coalition backing a $12.50 minimum wage ballot initiative suggest that District residents would be open to one that's higher than both the Council's bill and Gray's proposal.

74 percent of the 606 D.C. residents in a Public Policy Polling survey conducted between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 said they would vote for a ballot initiative that imposed a $12.50 minimum that was tied to the cost of living and included an $8.75 tipped wage. The polling data was provided to LL by labor coalition D.C. Working Families.

After a question focusing on wage hike opponents' concerns that it would eliminate jobs for minority youth, 65 percent of those questioned said they would still back the referendum. When the questioner stressed that the $12.50 minimum wage would be a more than $4 increase from the current $8.25 wage, support for the referendum dropped to 58 percent of respondents.

"Polling shows that D.C. residents overwhelming support a minimum wage of $12.50 to help men and women better support themselves and our local economy," D.C. Working Families director Delvone Michael says in a statement.

Photo by Will Sommer

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  • WorkForFuture

    Kudos to VO for addressing this minimum wage situation. He took a lot of flack from those who wanted Wal-Mart to come to DC, but he stuck to his stance and now the council is close to the $11.50 wage.

    This will definitely be great momentum going into the Mayoral Race.

  • Art

    "74 percent of the 606 D.C. residents in a Public Policy Polling survey conducted between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 said they would vote for a ballot initiative that imposed a $12.50 minimum that was tied to the cost of living and included an $8.75 tipped wage." What if they would support a $112.50 minimum wage? Would that make it good public policy? BTW, I do not know what the minimum wage should be. But I do know that asking 606 random people what they think is not a sound supporting argument.

  • Hater No.1

    The bottom line is that people feel the minimum wage should be higher than what it is now. I don't see any of the other mayoral candidates expressing their thoughts on this situation.

    Not the biggest Orange fan, but I respect him for wanting higher wages.

    If the city can build all these expensive apartments, and condos, then they can atleast increase the minimum wage.

  • Typical DC BS

    Ah yes, the low intelligence, left wing views of expressed here are typical of the "progressive" thinking that gives them the right to tell private businesses how much to pay their employees. Too bad business sense and logical thinking aren't your forte.

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