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Mayor Gray Faces Deadline To Sign 'Living Wage' Bill

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Walmart has threatened to pull out of several planned locations in the District if the living wage bill is passed.
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Walmart has threatened to pull out of several planned locations in the District if the living wage bill is passed.

A bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50 an hour has been sent to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, about seven weeks after it was passed by the D.C. Council.

Gray's spokesman says the mayor received the bill Friday afternoon, and now he has 10 business days, starting Tuesday, to either sign or veto the bill. Gray has expressed reservations about the legislation's effect on economic development.

Spokesmen from Walmart have said the company won't build three of the six stores it has planned for the District if the bill becomes law.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he held up the bill in part to give people more time to urge Gray to sign it.

The council approved it on an 8-5 vote.

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