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San Francisco No Longer Has Highest (Planned) Minimum Wage in U.S.

| December 18, 2013
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A protester at a fast-food wage protest in Oakland in early December. They are asking for $15 and the right to form a union. (Sara Hossaini/KQED)

A protester at a fast-food wage protest in Oakland in early December. They are asking for $15 and the right to form a union. (Sara Hossaini/KQED)

Our time at the top of the bottom is coming to an end — at least for now.

The Washington D.C. Council voted last night to raise its minimum wage to $11.60, effective in 2016.

That tops San Francisco’s minimum wage of $10.74 an hour, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, and makes D.C.’s the highest planned minimum wage in the country.

But Washington’s distinction may not be long-lived.

That’s because Mayor Ed Lee announced earlier this month that he’s planning a ballot measure for next year that would raise the city’s minimum wage¬† to as much as $15.

That’s in line with what Bay Area fast food workers asked for during a recent protest.

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Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer with KQED News. She is the voice behind KQEDNews accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Her experience in web journalism includes major newspapers such as The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. Follow her on Twitter at @oallenprice and on Instagram @oallenprice. Reach Olivia Allen-Price at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

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