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D.C.’s minimum wage: How much higher?

Northeast brewery DC Brau is among a handful of companies in the city that have pledged to pay a higher minimum wage. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Six weeks after the debate of a “living wage” for retail employees came to an end, the D.C. Council’s attention now turns squarely to an across-the-board minimum wage hike. Today, lawmakers will hear testimony on various bills seeking to up the wage rate, figuring out “how to balance the push for higher wages with the desire to keep investment and jobs flowing into the city,” The Post’s Aaron C. Davis writes. The big question is how much of a wage hike is viable. Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), whose committee is handling the bill, says he would like to see the number as close to $12.50 as possible. But Mayor Vincent C. Gray wants a four-month study done first — leading Orange to accuse Gray of “backing away” from his pledge to support an increase.

In other news:

Chris Brown spent most of his weekend in a D.C. police lockup after downtown assault arrest (PostReliable SourceAP)

“[M]aintaining criminal penalties for small-time [marijuana] users of any race doesn’t make sense” (Post editorial)

But, oh, the taxes! (WaTimes)

Vince Gray renews spending restrictions giving city administration veto power over hiring (WBJAP)

No real accounting of shutdown impact until December (WAMU-FM)

Colby King on Ron Machen: “Will he charge Gray — and, if so, with what? The question is unavoidable.” (Post column)

The former downtown headquarters of D.C. Chartered Health Plan is purchased by hotelier (WBJ)

The VIP Room, famed Brightwood social club, reopens after renovation (Post)

Eight hurt in gate-crashing incident at Howard homecoming’s Yardfest (PostPost Style)

Some taxi drivers still wait for credit card payments (Post)

Rash of burglaries sends Naylor Gardens residents packing (Post)

Weekend violence: Fatal shootings near Florida Avenue gas station and Suitland Parkway (PostPost)

Man found dead under Metro platform identified as 35-year-old attorney (Post)

Fate of budget autonomy depends largely on what the GAO thinks (Roll Call)

Yes, Kenyan McDuffie is seeking reelection (Loose Lips)

Why it’s probably not a good idea to consolidate all AP classes in one DCPS high school (GGW)

The “phantom planter” finds “artistic closure” by stringing box over Dupont Metro entrance (Post)

Urban farm’s days could be numbered (DCist)

Neighbors still want more answers on city’s Florida Avenue parcel decision (Housing Complex)

Some Ward 7 residents want upscale, market-rate development at Benning Road Metro — not SOME’s affordable housing project (WBJ)

Gray radio address: St. Elizabeths pavilion is a “game-changer” for east side (WNEW-FM)

Gustavo Velasquez leaves D.C. Office of Human Rights, is replaced by deputy (Blade)

Two more former DCPS schools will be offered to charters (PostHousing Complex)

District won’t have to pay interest on shutdown-delayed Metro payment (Loose Lips)

New owner of Poplar Point parcel sees “10-year horizon” for development (WBJ)

What Ward 8 has to offer the young professional apartment-seeker (CHotR)

D.C. clergy, including Wal-Mart foe Graylan Hagler, join fight against Redskins name (Religion News Service)

Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk raises $600,000 (Blade)

Metrobus burns at Bladensburg Road facility (AP)

Kalmia Road culvert closes to traffic tomorrow (Dr. Gridlock)

Remembering Suburban Gardens, D.C.’s only amusement park (Post column)

How the new Dunbar building has helped one star athlete thrive (WRC-TV)

Alas, H.D. Woodson beats Dunbar, is top dog in DCIAA football (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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