"A $15 minimum wage represents a better and more sustainable way to do business," said Mr. Shallal, who also serves as director of the mayor's D.C. Workforce Investment Council. "It will not only provide a more livable wage to all D.C. workers but also will create a windfall for businesses that will benefit directly from the added money circulating in the community — the proverbial rising tide lifting all boats."
"At some point it will become obsolete, but weaning a culture off it will take time," Mr. Shallal said of tipping. "We're not in that mindset now. A cultural shift will have to happen."