Judge Halts Efforts To Raise DC Minimum Wage


USA, Washington DC, Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol building

For No, No Raise
Activists began protests at the D.C. Board of Elections in effort to vote again on initiatives to raise the DC’s minimum wage for tipped workers.

A D.C. Superior Court judge halted efforts Wednesday to force a new referendum on a law approved by voters. However,  D.C. Council called for the judge to repeal their efforts.

This would overhaul how servers, bartenders and other tipped workers are paid.

Advocates were poised to submit more than 25,000 signatures needed asking voters next spring to require employers to pay a higher base wage to tipped workers.

Voters approved that measure, known as Initiative 77, in June. Several months later, D.C. Council overturned it.

Why No Raise?

Judge Neal E. Kravitz agreed with opponents that elections officials failed to follow proper procedure when they allowed referendum supporters to collect signatures.

The judge’s ruling came as petition organizers were turning in signatures at a rapid speed in the past week.

Petitioners are required to turn in enough signatures from registered voters to hold a referendum on a law. Then It has to qualify for the ballot during the congressional review period.

This was the first referendum to reverse a council vote has qualified for the ballot since 1991.

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