Morning Read: Gray Supports Minimum Wage Increase — With Or Without Federal Change

Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 -- but even if that doesn't happen, he's open to raising the District's minimum wage independently.

If the federal increase occurs, D.C. minimum wage would actually jump to $10 because, by law, the District's minimum wage is fixed at $1 above the federal minimum wage. (D.C.'s minimum wage is currently $8.25.)

Gray told reporters Wednesday morning that raising the minimum wage would obviously help workers.

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But according to the Washington Examiner, such a hike could cost the District jobs because, at some point, an inflated minimum wage would force employers to cut jobs.

Even if the federal minimum wage is not raised, Gray said he wants to hear feedback from community and business leaders about raising the minimum wage independent of the federal government.

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