D.C. City Council considers minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A D.C. City Council committee will consider Monday a bill to increase the minimum wage.

The measure would raise the rate from $8.25 to $11.50 an hour, making it one of the highest in the country. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says that's too high and if approved, it would hurt job creation.

Gray says he supports raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Either one of those would become the nation's highest minimum wage.

D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange is spearheading the latest push to raise the city's wage. The effort comes months after Gray vetoed a bill that would have forced big box retailers to pay their employees $12.50 per hour.