"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."
"One of the things we do know about the District of Columbia is it's a high-cost area," said Karla Walter, associate director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress. "So you're asking workers in Prince George's County and Montgomery County to get by on $7.25 an hour. That's hard enough for workers in cheaper areas, but at a higher threshold it's even harder."