The DC Council gave unanimous initial approval to the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 on Tuesday. The bill will raise the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $15 by 2020. Under the legislation, the minimum wage will rise to $11.50 in 2016, $12.50 in 2017, $13.25 in 2018, $14.00 in 2019 and $15 in 2020. In succeeding years, the minimum wage will be increased according to the consumer price index. The minimum wage for tipped employees will rise to $5.00 by 2020 and will be increased in proportion to the consumer price index.
During consideration of the bill, Councilmember David Grosso moved an amendment that requires the Council to complete a study on the macro-economic feasibility of implementing a minimum income for residents of the District of Columbia and the amendment was accepted. The legislation will likely receive final approval at an additional legislative meeting later this month. After the legislation has been approved by the Council and signed by the Mayor, the proponents of a minimum wage ballot initiative have agreed to pull the initiative from the District’s fall ballot.