District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city needs a $15 minimum wage to help lift people out of poverty.
The Democratic mayor joined union leaders and low-wage workers on Thursday to call for the wage increase. Her administration plans to submit legislation to the D.C. Council this week calling for the city to increase its minimum wage to $15 by 2020.
The city currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July under legislation signed in 2014 by Bowser's predecessor, Vincent Gray.
Bowser says that increase "was a big step but doesn't get us to the finish line.''
Michael Czin, the mayor's spokesman, says details of the legislation are still being worked out, including how it will address workers who rely on tips.