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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports increasing the city's minimum wage to $10 an hour, setting up a possible showdown with the D.C. Council over pay for low-wage workers.

A council committee is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the highest in the nation. Suburban Montgomery and Prince George's counties are considering the same wage.

Gray says in a letter to the council that he thinks the minimum wage should increase from its current $8.25. But he's concerned that taking it to $11.50 would hurt the city's job market.

Gray also believes the wage should be frozen at $10 an hour for now, rather than tying it to inflation as the council has proposed.

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