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D.C. Council miminum wage increase vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is scheduled to take a final vote on raising the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2016.

With the council already having approved the minimum wage hike unanimously, Tuesday's vote is considered little more than a formality.

The bill will go to Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray for his signature. Gray has advocated for an immediate minimum wage hike to $10 an hour but wants to study the prospect of further increases.

Lawmakers in Montgomery and Prince George's county have approved similar minimum wage increases in those jurisdictions. The votes follow a national trend in which states and municipalities are addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction.

The District of Columbia's current minimum wage is $8.25. That's $1 higher than the federal minimum.

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