Statement from Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street, on Mayor Gray’s decision to veto Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013
I’m pleased the mayor decided to veto the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013, a bill that would have caused disproportionate harm to District residents who are most in need of jobs during this difficult economic time. The bill’s provisions would have created an uneven playing field for a specific section of employers, those that employ low-wage and entry-level workers. It would have kept them from expanding into the District and killed job opportunities for many of our city’s unemployed residents. What’s more, the legislation targeted retailers likely to locate to our city’s underserved areas, which would have crippled economic development and deprived those communities of retail choices and amenities.
All workers deserve to be paid a fair, living wage, but singling out a small section of employers and ignoring the rest isn’t the right solution. We look forward to continuing to work with the District government on solutions to enhance job creation and encourage economic development in the H Street NE corridor and throughout the city.
About H Street Main Street
Established in 2002, H Street Main Street works with private and local partners to encourage and support small business growth and revitalization along the H Street NE Corridor. Over the last decade, the organization’s work has supported the creation of more than 140 new businesses and 1500 new jobs in the District. H Street Main Street’s work has been so successful, earlier this year the organization was presented with a 2013 Great American Main Street Award(GAMSA), recognizing H Street as an outstanding example of urban commercial revitalization. Follow H Street Main Street on Twitter andFacebook.