On December 17th, the DC Council held its final vote on the “Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013,” and voted unanimously to approve an increase the District of Columbia minimum wage to $11.50 per hour. The increase would be realized over three years beginning July 1, 2014: 1) in 2014, the minimum wage would increase $1.25, to $9.50; 2) in 2015 it would become $10.50; and 3) in 2016, it would increase to $11.50. Each year thereafter, it would be indexed to inflation. With this increase, the District will have the highest minimum wage in the country. Currently, the highest minimum wage is in the city of San Francisco at $10.55 per hour.
The bill is being sent to Mayor Gray for his signature. Mayor Gray has stated that he would have preferred a smaller increase of $10 per hour; however, he is not expected to veto the bill.