Under a plan being proposed by D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, D.C.'s minimum wage would increase from $8.25 to $11.50 per hour.
D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) says he's building consensus for the city to approve a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour, which would be one of the nation's highest.
Orange tells The Associated Press that he will propose that the city establish the same minimum wage being considered in neighboring Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Orange chairs the committee that's considering several minimum wage bills. He plans to combine them into a single proposal that would raise the city's minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 by July 2016.
Orange is a Democrat who is running for mayor. He was the lead sponsor of a bill that would have forced Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage'' of at least $12.50.