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Bryan Preston

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July 10, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Impoverished neighborhoods in Washington DC need jobs. Walmart decided it would provide some, by building six stores. The DC city council today approved a law ordering Walmart to pay a “living wage” well above the minimum wage.

The D.C. Council voted to approve a living wage bill that will increase the minimum wage to $12.50 for employees of large retailers in the city.

…large non-union retailers… Not all large retailers.

Wednesday’s 8-5 vote could determine the fate of Walmarts in the District.

Walmart, Inc. threatened Tuesday to pull out of the city if the minimum wage increased. The retailer is reconsidering its plans to construct stores at Skyland, Capitol Gateway and New York Avenue.

“I hope Walmart keeps their word and comes to Skyland. Don’t use this as an excuse,” said Council member Jack Evans during the hearing. “Walmart never wanted to come to Skyland.”

Walmart also said its three stores under construction in D.C. might be delayed. A spokesperson told News4′s Mark Segraves the city “moved the goalpost” by changing the minimum wage.

The company is now considering legal action against the city.

The DC law explicitly exempts unionized retailers — Walmart isn’t unionized. Big Labor has tried to force unionization on the retailer for years. The city’s law is unfair and arbitrary.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray is against the law, and the vote margin allows him the possibility of vetoing it.

As things stand now, Walmart will build, at most, half the stores it wanted to build in DC, therefore providing half the jobs it was set to provide in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. It may not build any stores in DC at all. The council explicitly put Big Labor’s interests ahead of the needs of its own voters.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So the DC Council is trying to scam Walmart, even when they already had an agreement in place.
Who would have expected a double cross from a pack of scorpions.
Walmart, take your business elsewhere. If these people want to live like third-worlders, that's their business. Build in Maryland or Virginia, and let the DC folks drive to you.
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There they go again...unions using the Twinkie defense for wages. Better no jobs and underserved markets than pay at less than union wages. Brilliant.
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To be honest, I don't give an obese rodent's gluteal musculature what the inhabitants of Washington, D.C. do to screw themselves over. It is not like they are my countrymen or anything.

Subotai Bahadur
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We've got to start teaching economics in grade school, a job isn't manna from heaven. Either you make more than your pay for your employer or you are out of work. Unless you add in market distorting bs from the government. And that all works out so well for everyone concerned long term.
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The serfs of D.C. will applaud the City for saving them from those evil people at Walmart. Living in righteous squalor is far preferable to being exploited by capitalists.
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....and the black community will go along with the city council's pronouncements like good little sheeple. Walmart will be labelled racist and unfair and blah, blah, blah. Jack Evans, you sir are an imbecile and a swine; Living proof of how liberalism kills jobs and "dumbs down" people.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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