FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Councilmember Todd Speaks In Support of Raising D.C. Minimum Wage to $15

“District workers deserve a living wage. The time to act is now.”

WASHINGTON, DC – (April 14, 2016) – On Thursday, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd spoke out in support of the initiative to raise the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $15 by 2020. His comments arrive the same day that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she would propose legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

This push for a higher minimum wage in Washington, D.C. echoes the shifting mindset, nation-wide, that all workers deserve a wage that allows them to meet basic human needs. “District workers have the right to a living wage” said Councilmember Todd, “the time to act – for D.C. men, women, and families – is now. This is not a handout; this is economic empowerment for some of our hardest workers.”

That’s not to say that this proposal would only seek to benefit workers – cities and states across the country have proven that livable wages and strong business growth can go hand-in-hand.

Said Councilmember Todd, “We have seen, nationwide, that higher minimum wages and a thriving business sector can coexist. This proposal will benefit businesses across the District just as much as it will benefit families – a win-win for everyone involved.”

About Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd

Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong public servant. He was elected to be the Ward 4 Councilmember on April 28, 2015 in a special election. He is Past-President of the Ward 4 Democrats and an active member of many civically-focused organizations across D.C. Prior to joining the Council, he served as the Director of Constituent Services in the Ward 4 Council Office of Muriel E. Bowser.

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