Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a "Living Wage"
“People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.”Government doesn't have the right to punish one business, or to hold themselves to a lesser standard than they do others. When they do, you need to know about it so you can object to your legislators.
Someone needs to carve those words onto a wall in the D.C. Council legislative chamber.
Last week, the Council approved a measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers doing business in the District to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour.
According to the D.C. Department of Human Resources, some full-time school maintenance workers and custodians make $11.75 per hour. The rate for a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia is $10.40.
Council members went to great lengths to criticize Walmart's pay scale. They should have taken care of their own business first.
The Council's thinking is flawed on other accounts, too. Their law targets Walmart while exempting other businesses from paying higher salaries.