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The Washington, DC, City Council has failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of a living wage bill that would have required large retailers such as Walmart to pay employees at least $12.50 per hour, above the local minimum wage of $8.25.

Gray vetoed the bill, calling it a "job killer" and saying that it was impractical. Gray also pledged to try to raise the DC minimum wage.

Walmart applauded the vote, and said that it will continue with its plans to build as many as six stores in the District.
KC's View:
It is a good thing that they have addressed the legislative issue. Now, they have to address the broader issue - the fact that too many people work hard at full time jobs and still cannot support their families. It is a cultural as well as an economic issue that needs to be dealt with.