Wal-Mart vows to open D.C. stores, after mayor vetoes wage bill
September 12th, 2013
12:17 PM ET
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Wal-Mart vows to open D.C. stores, after mayor vetoes wage bill

New York (CNNMoney) - Wal-Mart said it will go forward with plans to open stores in Washington D.C. now that the capital's mayor has vetoed legislation that would require large retailers to pay higher wages.

Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday overturned a new law, which would have required big box stores like Wal-Mart to pay no less than $12.50 an hour in combined wages and benefits. The city's current minimum wage is $8.25.

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  1. Gurgyl

    I do not buy any thin other than cucumbers that too if the are two per dollar. Period. They are made in USA.

    September 12, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    I do not buy any thing than cucumbers, two per dollar only.

    September 12, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    And say goodbye to what few jobs and small businesses there are in the area. It's already proven that big box stores like WalMart destroy local small business, depress the economy in the areas they move into and lower the number and quality of jobs in the area. Have fun with that DC.

    September 12, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    This minimum wage is big BS in USA. I don't buy any thing there.

    September 12, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Fred

    Sniffit
    And say goodbye to what few jobs and small businesses there are in the area. It's already proven that big box stores like WalMart destroy local small business, depress the economy in the areas they move into and lower the number and quality of jobs in the area. Have fun with that DC.
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    And your solution is what? Outlaw large stores? Government restriction on how large stores can be? Government declared wage levels for all jobs? Why are you afraid of open competiton? It is what makes this country so great. You have a better idea, go for it. But to expect the government to start interfering with everything right down to the size of stores is ludicrous.

    September 12, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "And your solution is what? Outlaw large stores? Government restriction on how large stores can be? Government declared wage levels for all jobs? Why are you afraid of open competiton?"

    Aaaaaah yes, resort to the straw man and putting words in my mouth. I merely stated the measurable results of these big box stores moving into communities...observable facts and evidence that has been reported in various studies. Please point to where I argued for "outlawing large stores" or "government restriction on how large stores can be" or "government declared wage levels for all jobs" or that I am "afraid of" or otherwise dislike competition. Go ahead. Point to where I said those things, champ.

    September 12, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, you can never have enough WalMarts ... that's my motto. Got a WalMart every 5 miles in my neck of the woods. Each store draws from our energy resources ... not to mention the non stop traffic, the non stop noise, the parking lot fights, blaring car stereo's, and a whole slew of other added enjoyments WalMart offers for our amusement.

    Enjoy, Washington D. C.

    September 12, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. CB FL

    Do you realize how many people would come off welfare if Wal Mart paid a living wage. Instead of Wal Mart paying we the tax payer are paying for these people to work at Wal Mart who made Billions last year.

    September 12, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "And your solution is what? Outlaw large stores? Government restriction on how large stores can be? Government declared wage levels for all jobs? Why are you afraid of open competiton?"

    Aaaaaah yes, resort to the straw man and putting words in my mouth. I merely stated the measurable results of these big box stores moving into communities...observable facts and evidence that has been reported in various studies. Please point to where I argued any of the things you just said. Go ahead. Point to where I said those things, champ. And while you're at it, why don't you give us a detailed explanation of how consolidation of all economic and mercantile power in giant, multi-billion dollar corporate entities whose presence in a local market causes the destruction of myriad small businesses actually furthers the goal of having and nurturing competition in the marketplace. Do you have trouble understand what monopolies and oligarchies are, maybe cartel behavior? WalMart and its ilk are some of the most anti-competitive monsters our economy has ever birthed.

    September 12, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    And while you're at it, champ, why don't you give us a detailed explanation of how consolidation of all economic and mercantile power in giant, multi-billion dollar corporate entities whose presence in a local market causes the destruction of myriad small businesses actually furthers the goal of having and nurturing competition in the marketplace. Do you have trouble understand what monopolies and oligarchies are, maybe cartel behavior? WalMart and its ilk are some of the most anti-competitive monsters our economy has ever birthed.

    September 12, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Fred

    Sniffit
    -–
    "And your solution is what? Outlaw large stores? Government restriction on how large stores can be? Government declared wage levels for all jobs? Why are you afraid of open competiton?"
    -–
    Aaaaaah yes, resort to the straw man and putting words in my mouth. I merely stated the measurable results of these big box stores moving into communities...observable facts and evidence that has been reported in various studies. Please point to where I argued any of the things you just said. Go ahead. Point to where I said those things, champ. And while you're at it, why don't you give us a detailed explanation of how consolidation of all economic and mercantile power in giant, multi-billion dollar corporate entities whose presence in a local market causes the destruction of myriad small businesses actually furthers the goal of having and nurturing competition in the marketplace. Do you have trouble understand what monopolies and oligarchies are, maybe cartel behavior? WalMart and its ilk are some of the most anti-competitive monsters our economy has ever birthed.
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    A whole lot of meaningless blather their buddy but again, you offer no viable alternatives. Is all you got just attack, attack, attack? Tossing out a solution once in a while might help backed up all this blather you seem so good at. So, less blather, no solutions. Let's hear them.

    September 12, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Donna

    CB FL
    Do you realize how many people would come off welfare if Wal Mart paid a living wage.
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    That's an easy question to answer. NONE.

    September 12, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    People that work for most Walmarts, are nothing more than "employees-at-will". And they will have thier way with DC.

    September 12, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    I went to walmart once when they first opened in my neighborhood because I was in a hurry and it's closer than any other retailer. I needed four very basic things: Cleaning supplies and pet supplies. They had nothing I was looking, so I left without buying anything and never went back.

    September 12, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Thomas

    United States of Walmart , buy in bulk and prosper !

    The largest selection of hair spray in the world !

    September 12, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    Donna

    CB FL
    Do you realize how many people would come off welfare if Wal Mart paid a living wage.
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    That's an easy question to answer. NONE.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And you know this because.....

    September 12, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Donna

    Malory Archer
    Donna
    CB FL
    Do you realize how many people would come off welfare if Wal Mart paid a living wage.
    -–
    That's an easy question to answer. NONE.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And you know this because.....
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    Because those that want a job go out and find a job. They don't sit around and say I'm not working until Walmart offers me double the going rate.

    The problem is not that Walmart offers too little, it is that welfare and all the other government freebies adds up to $30-40,000 a year. Why work?

    September 12, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Donna

    Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"
    People that work for most Walmarts, are nothing more than "employees-at-will". And they will have thier way with DC.
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    Most people that work for companies of any size are employees at will. Employees can quit at any time to pursue better opportunities and stick it to the company. Employers can say sorry, your always late and do anything when you're here so hit the road. It is called freedom, for everybody concerned.

    September 12, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |