Wal-Mart Continues Build-Out of DC Stores
Last Thursday, Mayor Vincent Grey vetoed the DC Large Retailer Accountability Act, or “living wage” bill passed twice by the City Council. The veto represented a decision to spur job growth and the development of retail in underserved neighborhoods. The following are excerpts from the Washington Post article explaining the logic of trading other economic reasons over higher wages: With Wal-Mart veto, D.C. mayor puts city’s poor ahead of rally cry for working poor
- According to Wal-Mart, District residents in the past 12 months spent more than $40 million at the company’s stores in suburban Maryland and Virginia.
- At the Wal-Mart in Landover, Maryland, 3 miles from the District’s Northeast border, company officials report seeing a steady stream of vehicles with District license plates — on average, once a minute.
- “I come to Wal-Mart — religiously,” said Jimmy Pegues, 64, who saves $110 a month over pharmacies in the District. “For me, at this point, and at this time in my life, the price is the most important thing.”
- Nearly 24 percent of the city’s residents receive food stamps, more than anywhere in the nation. A recent study also ranked the District with a higher rate of food insecurity than any state except New Mexico, with more than 30 percent of children living in households without adequate e food supply or the resources to keep groceries in stock.
Wal-Mart and D.C.: By the numbers, Washington Post, September 13, 2013
Walmart and the DC Large Retailer Accountability Act