The D.C. Council voted 8-5 Wednesday afternoon to approve bill that would require Wal-Mart to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour despite the mega-retailer’s threat to pull out of the area.
And conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer was almost at a loss for words Wednesday evening as he weighed in on the council’s “living wage” legislation.
“It is clearly a bill written entirely to penalize Wal-Mart,” Krauthammer said, adding later that the “living wage” requirement is “almost like a bill of attainder” against the big-box retailer. “It’s a bill written against one entity, which is unconstitutional in the first place.”
“This is a re-grasping, unbelievably stupid piece of legislation. These stores would be in the poorest parts of D.C. It would give people access to affordable goods and jobs where there is extremely high unemployment done with extreme goodwill, and this is an attempt to simply sabotage it.
“Other states and localities offering incentives as a way that they beg employers to come in. Here is an employer who does due diligence, offers community support, and is essentially being driven out by reactionary liberals on this city council,” he added.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said Tuesday that the bill’s passage would result in the cancellation of three planned stores and would force the company to reevaluate three more that are currently under construction.
That’s six stores and a lot of jobs the District of Columbia can’t afford to lose:
After the council passed the “living wage” bill Wednesday, a Wal-Mart spokesman said that the company stands by its ultimatum and that it’s seriously reconsidering its investment in the nation’s capital.
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