Washington's mayor has vetoed a bill that would force Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.
Mayor Vincent Gray says in a statement that the legislation is "not a true living-wage bill." The Democratic mayor also calls it a "job killer," saying large retailers would avoid opening stores in the District of Columbia if it became law.
Walmart had said it would not build three of six planned stores if the bill became law. The D.C. Council approved it in July on an 8-5 vote, which is one short of a veto-proof majority.
The bill would only affect retailers with stores of 75,000 square feet or larger, at least $1 billion in annual sales and non-unionized workforces.
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