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The D.C. Chamber of Commerce opposed the bill but said it would be receptive to a discussion on the minimum wage in the District.

Ms. Walter said studies have shown that an increase to the minimum wage can be good for the economy.

“It doesn’t even kill jobs in economic hard times,” she said. “Minimum-wage workers cannot afford to be savers. They are spenders. Additional dollars they earn are spent quickly. That boosts local economies.”