- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to raise the minimum wage in the nation’s capital to $15 also includes a wage hike to $7.50 an hour for workers who rely on tips.

The Democratic mayor circulated her wage proposal to the D.C. Council on Tuesday. It calls for a $15 minimum wage by 2020. The city currently has a $10.50 minimum wage that will rise to $11.50 in July.

States and cities have been raising minimum wages over the past few years amid pressure from labor. California and New York this month approved laws mandating a statewide $15 minimum.

Bowser’s spokesman, Michael Czin, says the proposal for tipped workers is modeled after New York’s. He says it strikes a balance between protecting workers and preserving the tipping system.

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