Walmart is in the middle of building three of their super stores in DC with plans to build three more later. Not so fast. The Washington DC City Council has come up with the great idea to force Walmart to pay a minimum wage of $12.25 an hour. Surely a lot of companies must be screaming bloody murder. No, you see the law will only apply to Walmart.
Of course a law forcing only one company to pay the tax is illegal. It violates the equal protection clause in the Constitution. This is where they get creative. The only companies who will have to pay those increased wages are those companies with over 75,000 square feet of space, whose home is based in DC and who do not use union labor. Let’s see. Now how many companies meet that criteria? Well, there’s Walmart………
Not to be bullied, Walmart told the city that if that minimum wage is imposed, they will pull out of the city and with them would go the 1800 jobs the six stores would have created. Washington better watch it. They are no match for Walmart. Walmart has more money with none of the debt and is run much better, too.
Steven Ahle is the Editor of Red Statements and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.