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The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require large retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour.
Workers seeing smaller paychecks is a nationwide trend.
The District suffered slower growth in wages earned in the second quarter, falling below the national average for the first time in a decade, the D.C. finance office reports.
Arlington County has fallen in line with its neighbors, raising its living wage — the minimum salary paid to many contracted employees — to $13.13 an hour.