Activists Push for $12.50 Minimum Wage in D.C.

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    NBC New York

    Union leaders, clergy and other activists are launching an effort to put a major minimum wage increase on the District of Columbia ballot.

    D.C. Council member Vincent Orange said he plans to move a bill out of committee that would increase the city's minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 an hour over the next three years.

    Mayor Vincent Gray also supports a minimum wage increase, although he wants an independent study to determine the appropriate amount.

    The activists pushing for a ballot initiative want a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour, which would be the highest in the nation. They say it would help address income inequality in the fast-growing city. They discussed their plans outside the District government building on Tuesday.