WASHINGOTN, D.C. (CNN) - Walmart plans to open stores in Washington, D.C. now that the city's mayor has vetoed a controversial bill requiring large retailers to pay higher wages.
Mayor Vincent Gray overturned a new law Thursday, which would have required big box stores like Walmart to raise their minimum wage to $12.50 an hour. The district's current minimum wage is $8.25. The city council passed the bill in July.
Walmart had threatened to pull out of new store plans if the legislation went through.
Mayor Gray called the bill a "job killer" and said it would only raise the minimum wage for a small fraction of the district's workforce.