Deputy mayor says bill would drive away retailers

Saturday - 7/13/2013, 1:30pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deputy mayor for economic development in Washington says a bill requiring large retailers to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour could affect much more than just Wal-Mart's plans for the city.

Victor Hoskins tells The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/o5t76tc ) that the bill would have a "chilling impact" on retail growth in the District of Columbia. He says it would drive away not only Wal-Mart but other retailers that some consider more desirable.

Mayor Vincent Gray has expressed serious concerns about the bill's impact, particularly after Wal-Mart said it would not build three of the six stores it had planned for the district if the bill becomes law. He's considering a veto.

The bill passed the D.C. Council this week but without a veto-proof majority.

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