Minimum Wage Bills Meet Differing Ends

By Bill Esler | Posted: 09/15/2013 12:32PM


Wal-Mart storeWashington D.C.'s minimum wage legislation was the subject of a highly read editorial at A minimum wage hike to $10 an hour passed the California legislature on Sept. 12. Governor Jerry Brown promises to sign it, giving California the highest minimum wage in the country.

The increase would phase in steps by January 2016, with California's minimum wage rising from the current $8 an hour level to $9 per hour by next summer, and then to $10 in January.

Legislation passed earlier this summer in Washington D.C. to add $4.25 to its minimum wage, raising it  to $12.50 per hour, was vetoed last week by the Mayor Vincent Gray. Aimed at large non-unionized retailers, that bill was widely viewed as targeting an expansion by Wal-Mart, which planned to open six stores in the city.

Washington D.C.'s minimum wage legislation was the subject of a highly read editorial by Wood Products editor in chief Karen Koenig.


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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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