Why a “Living Wage” in D.C. Does Not Make Sense

Recently, Washington D.C.’s council almost (but not quite) passed an ordinance that would require Walmart and other large big-box stores to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 an hour.  Being that 23,000 applications were submitted for the 600 jobs that will be available as Walmart opens its first store in the area, it is evident that workers have not balked at the current D.C. minimum wage of $8.50 an hour.


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  1. Trent says:

    Their acceptance rate is lower than harvard. That’s slightly hard to swallow.

  2. Lucas says:

    I’m surprised it took DC this long to get a Walmart.

    • Trent says:

      It’s possible that DC felt with low prices come low standards. Some cities have seen stagnation from walmarts coming into the areas.

      • Connor says:

        Especially in rural communities where that’s the only place they have to work. Walmart goes up, then the whole town works there, then buys from the walmart.

  3. Wally says:

    “The D.C. Council had proposed a “living wage” bill that would require a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour for all “large” retailers with annual corporate sales that exceed $1 billion”

    Acceptable proposal, but Walmart’s business model is built on the minimum wage. Without that fixed wage, all of their prices would have to increase.

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