D.C. Council chamber
**FILE** The D.C. Council chamber at the John A. Wilson Building in D.C. (Courtesy of dccouncil.us)

The D.C. Council on Tuesday honored the NHL champion Washington Capitals before getting down to business and tackling a slew of legislative issues that had most watchers refer to the meeting as a red-letter day.

And although it wasn’t on the agenda, many council members again expressed opposition to Initiative 77, which voters approved earlier in June by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin.

The initiative would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees from $3.33 per hour to $15 per hour by 2026. Mayor Muriel Bowser has also expressed opposition to the initiative because city officials fear that it will result in higher costs at restaurants and a loss of jobs.

Council and the mayor must approve it and the law is also subjected to a 30-day congressional review.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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