For Immediate Release
Sam Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Repeal of Initiative 77: "Another Sign That Voters in the District are Second-Class Citizens"
"The DC Council just told every voter in the District that their voices don't matter."
WASHINGTON - This afternoon, following the DC Council's vote to overturn Initiative 77, a ballot measure passed in June by DC voters to eliminate the tipped minimum wage in the District, the Patriotic Millionaires of DC issued the following statement:
"The DC Council just told every voter in the District that their voices don't matter. Regardless of the content of the ballot measure, which happens to be a well-deserved pay raise for tipped workers, for the Council to overturn an initiative that a majority of DC voters voted 'yes' on is appalling. It's just another sign that voters in the District are second-class citizens in their own country. It is incredibly sad to see the Council representing one of the most progressive cities in the country siding with the wealthy restaurant industry over their own constituents, particularly people of color who overwhelmingly voted for this ballot measure. How are they any better than Republicans in Congress who have done the same thing in the past? The people of DC deserve better.
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